The war on Christmas has begun – at least in the minds of those who believe this myth as much as they believe the myth about the holiday itself. All it takes for some is to see the words “holiday” or “Xmas” on a sign – and there it is, proof that “political correctness” is busy taking Christ out of Christmas.
There is no war on Christmas. There is a “war” (a lousy word for it) on behalf of reason and inclusiveness. You are as free as you have ever been to celebrate in your heart, your mind, your home and in public.
No one I know is offended by you celebrating it. I’m agnostic, which means I know a whole lot of people who aren’t Christians. And I know no one who would be offended by someone saying “Merry Christmas” to him or her. Nor do I know any atheist, agnostic, Jew, etc., who insists on saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” because he is at war with Christmas. He just might not know what holiday you celebrate.
That brings me to what the defenders of Christmas in this great “war” never seem to understand:
We live in a diverse nation in which people come from all kinds of traditions and religions, and celebrate all kinds of different holidays. That – with the First Amendment – is why the only celebration of Christmas that is offensive is when it is done by public institutions such as schools or governments, which have no business celebrating any religious holiday.
We are not now, and have never been, “a Christian nation.” We are a nation dedicated to the proposition that religion has no place in government – and that has nothing to do with any mythical war on Christmas.