Merry Christmas!

Every Christmas season some demand that it not be celebrated publicly because they find it offensive. Others find their demands offensive, but
there is no significant effort to make them refrain from public comment.
Nor should there be. If sincere, however, they should at least
consider taking their own advice.

Here is an article by Ben Stein on Christmas trees and such. He writes,

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me  even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled  trees, Christmas trees.  I don’t feel threatened.  I don’t feel  discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me.  I don’t think they are  slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind  of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters  celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that  there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach  house in Malibu.  If people want a crèche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting  pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no  idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist  country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it  being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it  another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God ?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.  But  there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from  and where the America we knew went to. (Emphasis added.)

I think Mr. Stein got it just about right. Would I wish a hearty “Merry Christmas” to someone I know finds it offensive? Probably not.

Those in the United States who demand that Christmas not be celebrated publicly seem to have a perverse sense of freedom, an irrational fear of infection (Christianityophobia?) and/or a need to win the approval of their peers; perhaps a bit of hatred is involved as well. While rejecting the First Amendment guarantee of religious free exercise, which they consider offensive, they exercise their own constitutional right of free speech freely. Neither right is more or less important than the other. Strangely, Libruls rarely apply their politically correct but apparently selective view that “offensive” speech should be banned, or at least avoided voluntarily, to their own offensive free speech.

Few if any in the United States who are vocal in their dislike of Christianity appear to have become infected by it. Fortunately, they have not been able to prevent those who wish to celebrate Christmas from doing so privately or, for the most part thus far, in public.

Perhaps now is a good time to reflect upon those elsewhere who physically abuse Christians, Jews and others for their religious beliefs and exercises, public and private. There are many of them in Egypt, Syria and other Islamist lands where freedom is largely rejected but hatred seems to be treasured. I have noticed very few Libruls who take offense at the violently expressed Islamist hatred of others.

Merry Christmas from Dan, Jeanie, Princess, Shadow and Ruff

Merry Christmas from Jeanie, Dan, Ruff, Princess and Sunshine!

Have a Very Merry Christmas and
wish others the same!

 (But only if you want to.)

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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14 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. NEO says:

    Belated Christmas wishes to you guys, Dan, and further have a great new year.

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  3. bunkerville says:

    Have a merry Christmas day.

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  5. MaddMedic says:

    Merry Christmas..

  6. Publius/Huldah says:

    Lovely photo, Dan.
    and Merry Christmas back to you and yours.

  7. Excellent! Merry Christmas, Dan!

  8. Dean Hoover says:

    Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!
    See you, Jeanie, and the Canines in February.

  9. boudicabpi says:

    A Merry Christmas Dan, to you and your family.
    Bob A.

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