Thursday, December 7, 2006

Happy Holidays!

That's right. I said it. Happy Holidays! Wait. Wait for it... Nope. No bolt of lightning. Not even the rumble of thunder in the distance. Despite all of the brouhaha in the last couple of years, I don’t believe Christmas is threatened or under attack if I wish someone “Happy Holidays”. Saying Christmas is at risk of being destroyed in this country strikes me as being as absurd as saying rich, white men have no power. It’s a paper tiger. I think Happy Holidays is a more egalitarian way of wishing most of the people we come in casual contact with good cheer. The vast majority of Americans self identify as belonging to one of the myriad Christian denominations. So why are some folks trying to make us believe there is a war against Christmas? For decades, good people have done lots of ecumenical work finding common ground and educating people about the diverse and varied ways God is understood on this little planet. Let’s not undermine that work by buying into a trumped up war. Instead let’s wish for and work for Peace, Shalom, Pax, Salaam, Mir, Santi...

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