Saturday, December 25, 2010

On Christmas, a Choice

I really hate to write this actually on the holiday, but I can't take the "have it both ways" attitude any longer.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful one. But please pick one of the following philosophies. Choose carefully!

a.) There is nothing wrong with having Christmas displays in the town square, in front of City Hall, or in public schools. Furthermore, we should all say "Merry Christmas!" and not this watered down "Happy Holidays" stuff -- but, recognizing that, we are acknowledging that Christmas is a completely secular holiday with no religious meaning whatsoever, and that it's about Santa Claus and drinking cider and not remembering Bethlehem at all.

b.) Christmas has become way too secular, and we've forgotten its religious roots. We need to remember that the birth of Christ is the reason for the season -- but, recognizing that, we are acknowledging why it's inappropriate for public tax dollars to be used towards a public display honoring Christmas, and that it's perfectly fine for stores and shopping centers to say something more inclusive than the belief-system-specific "Merry Christmas."

I'm closer to (b.). How about you? No hybrid choices, though. Pick one.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Two Letters

The following appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on November 8 (http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20101108_Letters__Assessing_the_state_of_the_Obama_presidency.html) No, mine has nothing to do with the Obama presidency:

"I'm in favor of gays and lesbians having the right to marry and adopt children, but Michael McGonigle (letters, Nov. 4) can't be taken seriously if he's comparing those who think differently to violent extremists who stone to death people who disagree with them (including gays and lesbians)."

-- and this appeared in the Delaware County Daily Times on November 27 (http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/11/27/opinion/doc4cf088bd81ed9269203692.txt):

"I distribute literature for two nationwide organizations that assist victims of domestic violence, and I am frustrated that people such as Nan E. Fagan (letters, Nov. 14) are still operating under the delusion that violence is a strictly male-on-female phenomenon.More than 250 studies, reviews and analyses demonstrate that women initiate domestic abuse against their male partners approximately as often as the reverse occurs. A recent study by the American Psychiatric Association indicates that, when only one partner in a heterosexual relationship is violent to the other, it is the woman almost 71 percent of the time.There is also a startlingly high amount of domestic violence within the gay and lesbian community. Like straight men, these victims are ignored when people like Fagan pretend violence is only defined as 'when a man hurts a woman.'”