It’s the HolidayS!

by Meredith Winnett

So this topic is pretty important to me. TK said it best, but I’m going to try my hardest to stress the importance.

I see all too often people, especially on Facebook, sharing extreme right wing views (not to generalize, but these posts usually originate on “Tea Party” and “Conservative” Facebook pages) saying that people should stop saying Happy Holidays because this is America and we only celebrate Christmas.

Back up. Most of these people are the same people who complain that their freedom of speech is being imposed upon. The freedom of speech, the First Amendment. What else is in the First Amendment?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This is a direct quote. Straight from the Bill of Rights! Ok, maybe I just copy and pasted from Wikipedia. But the point is my centrist, unbiased brain did not alter this at all. Our founding fathers came up with this text to protect the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and yes, religion.

Meaning, in this country, we cannot (or at least should not) bash other religions during the HOLIDAY season.

The holiday season includes, but is not limited to, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and the best of them all Thanksgiving.

So in a way, we’re not just celebrating the holidays this season, but we’re also celebrating the freedom of religion! How great is it that we’re allowed to celebrate a wide variety of religious events? If you wanted to, you could celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all at once! THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS AMAZING!

Now I’m not bashing Christmas in any means. I love Christmas, it’s my second favorite holiday (because Thanksgiving is the best). It is totally acceptable to wish someone a Merry Christmas in the weeks prior to December 25. If you know that they celebrate Christmas.  However, I am simply stressing the fact that there are other religious with other holidays that we should be respectful of. If you’re one of those “Don’t wish me a Happy Holiday wish me a Merry Christmas” and you get pissed off whenever someone says Happy Holidays, imagine how pissed off a Jewish person would get if you wished them a Merry Christmas.

Throw your intolerances away this December and spread the Christmas/Holiday cheer by Loving thy Neighbor. There is no need for hate in this season of love and cheer.

Happy Holidays.