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After several years of cowering in fear of the wrath of loudmouths of the

politically correct movement, by using "Happy Holidays!" or "Season's Greetings!",


several large businesses have emerged from the darkness with the message "Merry
Christmas!" this year.

Were they wrong? Are they leading the "fight back" by Christians against so many
minorities that would accuse them of prejudice?

First of all, if someone wished you a "good day" but it was evening, would you be
insulted, accusing them of trying to turning nighttime into daytime as if the two
were not obviously distinct? More likely you would say "Thanks" or just ignore a
remark thinking the person may be time-challenged.

The politically correct movement was ostensibly an uprising of sensible and


sensitive people against those who would offend minorities. On the surface, this
sounds acceptable. However, we have laws that make real prejudice and racism
indictable offences.

Political correctness was itself a form of prejudice used by supremely self-


righteous people, supposedly against those who acted prejudicially. In other
words, political correctness was a political weapon.

In politics of the sordid kind today, a commonly used tactic is to accuse your
opponent of committing the same kind of offence as you commit yourself. This
tactic is often used before the opponent can accuse you of the same offence. The
thinking is that the first party that reaches the public with an accusation must
be innocent, thus the other must obviously be guilty, even if there is no evidence
in play.

Christians (especially) who did not want to be accused of prejudice against those
of other religions (who wanted to hide it from public scrutiny), attacked those
who were not "like them" or "with them" for acts of prejudice for which the
supposedly offended person or party had never taken offence.

In a court, a prosecutor must prove a case against a defendant on a charge of


uttering prejudicial statements or racism. However, in the "court of public
opinion," someone who accuses another of political incorrectness is not required
to prove anything, even to give evidence that a supposedly aggrieved party would
ever have taken offence.

Those who use political correctness as a weapon against others are themselves
prejudiced. It's one way to put down "others" (those who are not "like us")
without breaking the law.

If someone wished you "Eid mubarak!" how would you react? Would you claim that
person was prejudicial against you because you are not Muslim? Not likely. Wishing
someone who is not a Christian "Merry Christmas!" has the same effect.

The wish "Merry Christmas!" is a wish for good tidings for the season.
Technically, Jews and Muslims should not take offence at the greeting anyway
because both of their religions recognize Jesus of Nazareth as a very important
prophet.

Not only are Jesus and Mary mentioned positively in the Quran, but nothing in
Islam's holy book denies the status of Jesus as the Son of God. Islam states only
that behaviour dictated by God through the last prophet should be followed ahead
of the words of Jesus, as Mohammed brought the word of God more recently than
Jesus. It's simply a matter of timing.
Just because someone doesn't celebrate the birth of one man or god-man on December
25 doesn't mean that the person would or should be offended by being wished good
tidings for the season.

Good wishes should be accepted for what they are, good wishes. They should not be
twisted into something perverse that Jesus would never have wanted anyone to feel,
think or say.

If Jesus means more to me and less to you, or the other way around, then so be it.
My good wishes are still valid. My effort to wish someone well should not be
denigrated by those who secretly have prejudice in their hearts.

And so, whether or not you celebrate the birth of Jesus, and no matter what Jesus
means to me, I wish you Merry Christmas! May you feel the joy that is intended by
that great wish.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' a book
about real and inexpensive solutions to community problems most people think are
inevitable evils of modern society. They aren't. We just have to look in the right
place.
Learn more at http://billallin.com/
Contact author Bill Allin at turningitaround@sympatico.ca