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Political correctness gone mad!


If there ever was a case of double talk, or political rhetoric (never calling a spade a spade), it has to be the so-called political correctness of calling the Christmas Season, the holiday season.

Editor;
Russ Hollett of Burin wrote this article in 2005 when there was a controversy over whether we should refer to the celebration of Jesus' birthday as 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays'.
I think Mr. Hollett, in his writing, has expressed the feeling of many people.
He gave me permission to have this piece published in The Southern Gazette.
P.S. The Christmas of 2006 Mr. Hollett received a card from his MHA wishing him a 'Merry Christmas' after the year before receiving a card with 'Happy Holidays'.
Thomas Lambert,
Burin


If there ever was a case of double talk, or political rhetoric (never calling a spade a spade), it has to be the so-called political correctness of calling the Christmas Season, the holiday season.
Isn't the sole reason for the now called holidays the birth of Christ some 2,000 years ago? Hasn't it been called Christmas for over 2,000 years? Isn't it still Christmas?
'A rose by any other name is still as rose'.
It seems like in this country of Canada, we have been good enough to respect the beliefs of others. We do not want to offend, nor should we, the beliefs, traditions and culture of the races and religions that make up this country. That is unless you happen to be Christian!
Then, it seems, you are fair game. We, if we are Christians, do respect and are tolerant of the foregoing so shouldn't it follow others should be tolerant of our beliefs and traditions as well?
I happen to think most are and it is only these political correctness morons who are taking things to far and causing major controversy where very little exists. Come on you backroom, invisible people wake up and realize there are probably more people offended by calling Christmas the holidays than there are the other way around.
As for calling Christmas the holidays, holidays for whom? I, along with many more in this country, worked over the Christmas Season. We don't have paid days off, in the now called holiday season. I feel offended because I have to work (away from home and family) when the political correct bunch is telling me I should be on holidays.
I don't have holidays, but I still know it is Christmas which is what the season really is, so wish me a Merry Christmas but not happy holidays!
I was very surprised and pleased I received a card from the Hon. Bill Matthews, our MP, wishing me a Merry Christmas. He had the intestinal fortitude to call the season what it is, and I knew what the care meant.
As for the card from our MHA, Mr. Jackman, wishing me happy holidays, it had no meaning for me I didn't have at that particular time.
When I do have holidays, I might appreciate such greetings but I doubt if I'll receive a card. I put the card back in the envelope, sealed it and marked it return to sender.
Then again, when did holidays become capitalized except at the beginning of a sentence!
Let's look at some popular Canadian holidays through the eyes of this politically correct bunch and see what may lie in our future - that is, if we will be allowed to celebrate many of them at all.
New Year's Day - May offend some people, especially those who celebrate the Chinese New Year. New name - Holiday 1 - controversy here because if we go by the Chinese New Year it isn't on the same day as the Gregorian calendar new year. What should we do? We'll still call it Holiday 1 and ask for forgiveness and understanding.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday - Extremely offensive to non-Christians and non-believers as they are a cornerstone of the Christian religions. New name - Holiday 2 and 3.
St. Patrick's Day - May offend some people, especially non-Catholics. New name - Holiday 4.
Queen Victoria's Birthday or Empire Day - May offend a lot of people, especially non English and non Monarchists. New name - Holiday 5.
St. George's Day - May offend some people, especially non-Protestant. New name - Holiday 6.
Canada Day - Offends a lot of people from Newfoundland and Labrador because it should be Beaumont Hamel Remembrance Day. A day of sorrow, not of celebration. Offends a lot of people who don't want to be part of Canada. New name - Holiday 7.
Labour Day (Oops, I spelled labour with an 'u' - does that offend anyone) - Offends heads of companies and corporations and those who won't work or can't work because of no cause of their own. New name - Holiday 8.
Thanksgiving Day - Offends those who don't think they have anything to be thankful for. New name - Holiday 9.
Remembrance Day - Offends those who don't want to remember and those who wish our forefathers had been defeated. New name - Holiday 10.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day - Offends non-Christians and those who have to work this time of year. New name - Holidays 10 and 11.
If the above was done then the politically correct bunch will have accomplished its goal of having everyone in Canada be like them, and that is having a holiday and not knowing what it was for!
Should you be celebrating or be mourning. The easiest way to solve this problem would be for everyone to give up their beliefs and heritage, abandon their culture and traditions, pay no attention to the deeds and sacrifices of the past and have a country where no holidays, history, culture, beliefs or traditions exist.
But then I guess that would offend some people as well, and the faceless, nameless, backroom operating politically correct crowd will keep their job of wreaking havoc on society.
'Oh what a tangled web they weave!'
By now I guess some of you are calling me an intolerant bigot. Really, I'm not.
I wish there were statutory holidays proclaimed for every religion and sect in Canada. I have no qualms about helping others celebrate. I enjoy a good party and I certainly am not (as others aren't as well) foolish enough to turn down paid days off for a holiday, whether I believe in it or not.
All I ask is the holiday be called by its proper name, so I'll know whether to celebrate or just sit back and enjoy my day off with pay as this practice doesn't seem to offend anyone!

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