Wise Words About The "War On Christmas"
Craig Sowder of "Autonomy is Madness" has shared his thoughts on the "Happy Holidays"/"Merry Christmas" question from the Christian perspective. Unlike most Christians (or those who claim to speak for them in the media) Craig acknowledges the pagan origins of the holiday and the lack of any Biblical imperative to celebrate it. He even points out that there have been (and continue to be) theologically consistent Christians who decry the celebration of Christmas as immoral. He says,
it only stands to reason that, if the celebration of holidays is an area of freedom, rather than obligation, in the realm of Christian ethics, then non-Christians are doing nothing wrong by ignoring the religious side of Christmas altogether, and observing only the "secular" side (e.g., Santa Claus, presents, and all that stuff). My conviction is that Christians really have no business trying to force anybody, including non-Christians, to celebrate Christmas or any holiday if that person does not want to celebrate it. And if a person wants to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", let them say it. Most of the offense people take at these types of expressions are just evidences that people need to stop behaving like children and grow up anyway.I couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks Craig, and Merry Christmas to you too!