Everywhere I went this year, I offered a “Merry Christmas.” If I got gas, I ended the transaction with the greeting. Since just after Thanksgiving, while buying presents, groceries, or other various essentials, I concluded my business with a clear and hearty “Merry Christmas.”
I received one such salutation in return. One. I received a few “You, too,” but mostly, I received an uncomfortable silence in return for my wishes for a Merry Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, I would have happily received a “Happy Chanukah,” in return. Though I am not Jewish, I would have appreciated the pleasant salutation just as much.
But, alas, I received but a lone “Merry Christmas” this year.
What was I doing wrong? According to a Florida political science professor, my problem is that I am not being “inclusive” enough. According to a ridiculous op-ed penned by University of Central Florida political science professor Terri Susan Fine, wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” is not acceptable and we should instead opt for the remarkably-statist term, “Happy federal holiday.”
Fine argues that “we show cultural insensitivity both by equating one major holiday with a minor holiday and failing to recognize that diversity includes those who celebrate neither holiday.”
“I would suggest that we take a new approach that observes ‘the holidays’ we all have on our calendars, no matter our religion,” she explains. “My friends and I wish each other a ‘Happy Federal Holiday.’”
What a merry bunch of friends she must have. It reminds me of all those cozy songs we sang as children like “Have a Holly, Jolly Federal Holiday” and “O, Non-Denominational and Secular Night.”
Fine explains her flimsy rationale for her bland holiday greeting that make “Festivus” look downright cheery by comparison:
Happy Federal what? Because the U.S. government in some cases and the state government in others have identified certain days during the year as state and federal holidays, including those that fall during the late fall and winter season – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day –we have no choice but to observe these holidays whether we want to or not.
Most everyone is included and no one is excluded no matter their religious beliefs or practices. The banks are closed, along with post offices, local, state and federal government offices, and state institutions such as UCF. As long as we live in the United States, these federal and state holidays impact us equally so we might as well celebrate them equally, too.
How is it possible that we have reached this sad state in society? We need not force anybody to be Christians, but what does it say about a person’s belief systems that they are disturbed by a well-wisher offering a Christian greeting? If a “Merry Christmas” is enough to make anybody feel uncomfortable, they should promptly introspect and analyze their belief systems in order to better understand why.
What is truly pathetic about Fine’s rationale is that she seems to miss the obvious message her salutation betrays; in fact, it says a lot about her.
For the left, government is the center of the universe. It is the giver of checks and the regulators of “fairness.” It is the redistributor of money, the instituter of “social justice” and the denier of rights. It is the hub of human existence and the closest thing to a deity the Godless left allows. When we view Fine’s proposed salutation of a “Happy federal holiday” through the lens of this understanding of the modern left, it appears clear that Fine’s greeting is not about a salutation at all, but a hailing of the government- the deity that is the center of the liberal universe.
In oppressive states, religion was considered dangerous. Oppressive regimes such as the Soviet Union could not have religion diverting loyalties to the state.
Knowing this, what does it reveal about a person who is more comfortable hailing government in a greeting than simply offering a “Merry Christmas” or a “Happy Chanukah”?