I'd like to say, many thanks to you all for your input on this thread...and 2nd...
I suppose I should have been more clear, sorry folks....I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion...or belief...I believe diversity makes our nation go round...what I'm trying to do is "preserve" what we already have and what has exsisted in the US for years....and no matter who disagrees with me, I still love ya all and respect your beliefs...nor would I want to try and change them...or bully you into believing what I believe.
I heard this subject talked about on the radio the other day....and have been silently observing these rights slowly being taken away even before the radio broadcast.
There are some schools that no longer allow the Pledge of Allegiance to be said, and we all know, The Lord's Prayer is out...and there are radio stations that will play Christmas songs, hence, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, but deviate from playing the old Christmas Carols such as Silent Night, etc, that pertain to any Godliness.
And I do believe we are one nation under God, not just mine, but the God of every religion, race and Creed.
I no longer go to church, for my own personal reasons, but, this movement is gaining strength. They are and have made it necessary to remove the 10 commandments from Court Houses.
As far as my job is concerned, Ron, I disagree with you, again, if we are supposed to be diverse, then, I should be allowed to refrence the holiday as I please, according to my own personal culture, conditioning and upbringing.
But, apparently, when I say Merry Christmas, this offends some people. This is supposed to be wrong, and I can turn your comment around and say, I'm offended, when I am corrected and told that I must say Holiday? What about my rights? Respect mine, as well. It works both ways, yanno? or certainly should?
If we are supposed to be a diverse nation, then, why comply and take what was there and worked for me and many others for so many years, away...isn't that an infringement on my belief, and the belief of many others?
What harm does it do to say Christmas...if and here's an example, if when Muslims go into get their photos taken for their drivers licences and they do not have to take off their religious head scarfs, ohhh, I'm at a loss for the name of their black apparal they wear, someone help me out please, but isn't that the same thing? Diversity should apply to everyone, and I say, if you don't want to listen to the old fashioned Christmas Carols then turn them off...Ron, it's a two way street....all I'm trying to do is preserve what I've been raised to believe. And if my workplace doesn't like Merry Christmas, tough...it's a word for Goodness sake...but my belief...yanno? I mean after all, some like vanilla ice cream, some like chocolate ice cream, right? And it's my right to express...I respect you for liking Chocolate, why can't people respect my vanilla ice cream?
So, for every argument you have, I can turn it around and argue the same....fair is fair, Ron, right? You turn off your radio or turn the channel...
Anyone can come into this country and their beliefs are respected...but in the same, ours should, as well.
Next they'll be taking the "In God we Trust" off our currancy. And believe me, they will do it, and the other point I'm trying to make is people sit back asleep, unaware, in their protective world in denial and allow it to happen, instead of turning the table around on these people. Fair is Fair.
Would it then be politically correct, to have diverse currancy, or diverse schools or how bout diverse road signs, in all different languages...or diverse menus in a resturant? I suppose what I'm trying to say, is, how far does this go.
Adding, my girlfriends grand-daughter is overwhelmed because she now has to learn how to count to a hundrend in Spanish????? But that's another thread?
This entire business of being politically correct is going way to far...I think? I mean, in one way it's good, but there is always someone who carries things way beyond the norm.
For goodness sake, if God offends anyone, then don't read it, don't say it, don't pray, whatever...but don't take my God away from me because it offends you, yanno?
And my statement about getting together and not purchasing Christmas Gifts to make a statement, was a statement in itself.
If our stores lost a considerable amount of money over Christmas, my point was, they'd soon oust all and any negates toward these movements to abolish prayer, songs, & God.
Money talks...and Christmas has always been they're biggest time of the year, regarding killer sales.
So Ron, I'm not trying to change your thoughts, your beliefs, or anyones for that matter...I'm fighting to preserve mine, to keep them sactioned and alive, as well.
Yes, there are still Christain Radio Stations that play the old fashioned Christmas songs..., but others are getting away from such, due to not wanting any trouble from this movememt to abolish God or Christ or the Christ out of Christmas Trees, (and by the way, there are some people that are actually saying Holiday Trees to appease these people)..that is not diverse, or freedom of Religion.
And although some schools are still practicing these rights, all it takes is one parent to complain, and vocalize a law suit and watch how quickly they win?
And so, I really do hope you all don't think I'm trying to be a vigulante here and force my beliefs down your throats, I'm not. But would be a perfect world for me, is to preserve the same respect and regard for my feelings and beliefs...
and yes, I'm a party hearty kinda gal to, love it, and the festivities, and even open to party with any other religion who chooses to invite me into their home to share...and yes, religion by all means is a sacred thing which should be practiced at home Sharon, I agree whole heartidly...and low to anyone who tries to push their beliefs down my throat, I'm like a bear with a sawed off paw if that happens, but in the same, I suppose what I'm saying is, if we're supposed to be a diverse nation, then why oh why are they taking these things away from those of us who do believe. How can that be allowed, as well?
Just look at some of these replys and how offended some of you were b/c I stated my opinion? Because you thought, I was trying to take your rights away or bully my beliefs?...I'm not in the least, I started this thread b/c I'm asking for the same respect for my culture, yanno. Don't take these things away from me, or my children's children.
I do string lights, and sing out joyously in celebration, joining in with other religious Holiday Beliefs, as I am diverse and curious to learn...but PLEASE....don't make me say Holiday, or take God from my culture...or those lovely Christmas Carols that I've sung since a child, b/c they contain some refrence to God/Jesus, yanno?
I wanted my son and want my grand-daughter to be able to pray the Lords Prayer and say the Pledge of Allegiance in School, b/c it is part of my culture. I believe, and this is simply my belief...that a little guidence in morals, and belief can be a good thing, and we shouldn't have to fear rejection or controversy b/c we believe this way?
Now, would anyone like to join hands and sing
"Oh Little Town of Bethlehem"?
I hope I've made myself clearer...I started this thread out of concern for the Christains of the US, as I believe they should be allowed they're rights as well. And I apologize if I've insulted anyone.
and Karen...big hugs to you to, & very many thanks to you
Hugs to ya'all for your participation