In a Gallup poll last year, 88 percent of respondents said it was a good idea to wish people “Merry Christmas” even at risk of offending those who do not celebrate it. By comparison, 11 percent thought it was better to avoid the phrase.
[New York Times]
If you’re one of those 88%, DON’T WISH ME A “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” I’m actually dumbfounded to know that only 11% of those polled realize that saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to a non-Christian is offensive. And why would the 88% think it was OK to deliberately offend someone they knew wouldn’t take kindly to the greeting? This is the height of religious boorishness and insensitivity. To those 88% I say, it’s your holiday–that’s great. Enjoy it. But don’t make the incredibly presumptuous assumption that I share your feelings about Christmas. I don’t. If you pride yourself on walking a mile in your neighbor’s mocassins, then give me a break. I celebrate a holiday–it’s Hanukah. Wish me a “Happy Hanukah.” Or if you don’t know my religion, “Happy Holidays” will do quite nicely.
And please don’t make me explain to you why saying Merry Christmas to me would be offensive. If you don’t understand why, then perhaps you should stay away from anyone who’s not Christian–because many, if not most of us would be offended.
Oh and as for those idiot Christian evangelizers like Focus on the Family and Bill O’Reilly who’re pressuring retailers like Target to “get Christian” for the holidays–I say “bollocks” to you. If you’re in favor of lessening inter-religious conflict in this holiday season, shop Target and say “bollocks” to the hyper-Christians.
And please don’t call me a Christian bigot (as Bill Bollocks does on his show–well not me personally). Religions are great, including Christianity–as long as they don’t stick their nose in my own spiritual affairs. I have a religion I’m quite happy with, thank you. Reminding me that observing my own religion places me on the periphery of American life, culture and society by greeting me with “Merry Christmas” rubs my nose in my otherness. So please don’t do it.