Would You Be Offended Over ‘Christmas’ Sign?
Philadelphia Managing Director Rich Negrin was receiving complaints from city workers and residents about a sign that read “Christmas Village,” reported The Philadelphia Inquirer.So after speaking with private organizer Thomas Bauer, it was unwisely decided to remove “Christmas” from Christmas Village.
The “Don’t-Offend-Me-Village” is in the section of Philadelphia and it also has a few Muslim and Jewish vendors that make up the nearly 50 wooden booths that are supposed to be a traditional German Christmas village.
But a You-Know-What miracle happened, sort of. The Christmas Village is back.
Translation of what Nutter said: If I ever hope to run for public office again, I put “Christmas” back in the village, but hopefully I will save face with non-Christians and atheists by calling it an outdoor fair and not a religious activity.
So, what did we learn? That the only acceptable religious hunting season is Christmas, which some people gleefully put in the crosshairs of their politically correct rifles.
Quite frankly, it’s offensive to even consider removing the word “Christmas,” but apparently some feel otherwise.
“They needed to tweak the name a little bit, something more generic and open nowadays,” shopper Phyllis Grove told the Philadelphia newspaper.Yes, let’s make all religious holidays as generic and bland as fruitcake just so no one will be offended.
Here’s a newsflash: Everyone will be offended by something. You can’t make everyone happy. And bending over backwards to appease others won’t work either.Taking “Christmas” out of the name of a village, or even a tree, or even calling the Jewish menorah a candlestick holder is insulting.
It’s amazing that in this day of supposed diversity, some people would rather make everything generic instead of celebrating said diversity.So this holiday season, enjoy it by calling things and events by their proper, traditional name and if anyone is offended, tell them to have a Merry Suck-It-Up-and-Deal-With-It Day.
Anthony Leone is a political columnist who has an extensive background in journalism, from newspapers to magazines to news sites and blogs.
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