I got an email the other day containing a sample of our company Christmas party invitation. It was lovely. And then the author emailed back to say she had “caved” and was changing the word "Christmas" to "holiday" before sending it company-wide. She felt she needed to please her boss who is married to a Jewish woman and decided the issue wasn't a "big enough hill to die on." I understood her position, but the fighter in me thought, humbug.
Political correctness has become the Scrooge - or scourge - of Christmas. I'm not against Jews or any other people who choose not to celebrate Christmas. I am just against stupidity, and it is stupid to delete the word “Christmas” from Christmas.
The argument goes that we need to "blend" America, but instead we are "blanding" America. All the color of our culture is turning gray in the blender of political correctness. Just two weeks ago a mother I know was chastised by an angry teacher after her kindergarten student answered an invitation to "sing your favorite song for the class" by belting out a little jingle he had learned in summer Bible school. The teacher informed the mother it would "never happen again" in her classroom. What a ridiculous reaction. Had the little boy been Jewish or Native American or Hindu or Buddhist or Muslim and chosen to sing a song from one of those religions, he would have been “tolerated” for his multi-cultural contribution. However, because he was a Christian, he was silenced.
I am convinced that the majority of non-Christians are not intimidated by the celebration of Christmas or Easter. I doubt they give it a second thought on their way to buy a Menorah or prepare for Kwaanzi. They may even toss a few coins into the Salvation Army kettle. But because a few crusaders have swallowed the idea that we should fear anything Christian or patriotic or nationalistic, we are made to sift our various beliefs through the sieve of political correctness. And what we have left is meaningless to everybody.
We are being pushed around by insecure people too ignorant to realize they are guilty of gross intolerance and political incorrectness. If tolerance is good for one group of people, it is good for all - and that includes Christians. My boss, who is not outward with his Christian beliefs, said it right. “This issue IS a big enough hill to die on.” Jesus thought so.
Vive la “Christmas.”