Friday, December 09, 2005

Philosophy

There's been some discussion lately about saying "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas", and whether or not people are or should be bothered when someone uses the wrong one. I am hearing that it's usually Christians who are feeling the most put out over the whole debate. They feel that by saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" their religion is being slighted. The Christ is being taken out of Christmas. The Pagan or other non-Christians who has stated that it bothers them when someone says "Merry Christmas", seem to be the younger people, and/or the ones who are newest to their religion. Are the young usually more militant?

On a slightly related note, if you found out that your favorite shop/restaurant/store supported groups or philosophic that are diametrically opposed to your own beliefs, would you stop going there and giving them your business? Would you feel guilty for shopping there before you knew? How much research do you put into such things?

2 comments:

Grammy Mama said...

Christmas is Christmas. If a Christian says Merry Christmas to me I take it a well ment greeting. If it is used as a generic greeting , its fine with me. I think those who are offended are "really" looking for something to fight about.
As far as the store is concerned. It doesn't matter to me what a persons religon is, if I like the "coffee" I'll go there. In other words "Don't sweat the small stuff, and if it's not a matter of life and death, it's small stuff."

Messed up Mama said...

That's alot how I feel about religious things. However, when I was talking about a shop I didn't intend you to think of religion, persei, but more along the lines of what if they supported you were greatly opposed to. For example: If you were against sexism, and found out that your favorite "coffee" spot supported a group that worked to keep women in the kitchen and out of the work force, would you still go there?
Know what I mean?