This is ridiculous.
Do you know that in the United States right now, there's this huge debate going on about the use of the word "Christmas"?
Apparently some people thought it's offensive and inappropriate to say "Merry Christmas" in public. See, the USA is a multicultural society so there's a lot of Americans who do not celebrate Christmas by default. Initially, their government bodies and major shopping complexes decided to start using the more politically-correct and all-encompassing "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings", which I thought was fine.
And then it happened. Some donkeys came along and said "NO! It is not OK to use the word 'Christmas' at all! Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It has the word 'Christ' in it. If you use that you'll be isolating all the Buddhists, Muslims, Jewish, etc who do not celebrate Christmas at all!"
So they began renaming everything Christmas. The transformation begun from the White House, to schools, to streets, to major department stores like Macy's etc.
Christian symbols were removed from nativity scenes.
The symbolic Christmas Tree became the Holiday Tree.
If you're Jewish, it's called the Hannukah Bush.
If you're Muslim, it's called the Allah Plant. (joke by right-wing Conservatives.)
[No. Sorry but I will not remove this picture.
ONE, I am obviously against the Christmas Tree being called anything else other than the 'Christmas Tree'. 'Hannukah Bush' and 'Allah Plant' are examples I used to illustrate the ridiculous names people came up with in the name of political correctness.
TWO, the whole point of this politically-incorrect entry is to ask people to stop being so anal about political-correctness.]
Christmas Holiday Decorations on your Holiday Tree. You give out Christmas Holiday Cards to friends and families. You make a fool out of yourself during your company's Christmas Holiday Dinner.
You go to the city to watch
Christmas Holiday Lights. You splurge on your credit card doing Christmas Holiday Shopping.
This whole renaming thing is so ludicrous, I'm surprised they haven't changed Jesus Christ into Bob Holiday.
Then the inevitable came. Far right religious groups including that blabbermouth Bill O'Reilly began to lambast left right and center anyone who won't use the word 'Christmas'. They wrote angry letters, boycotted products, and in true American fashion, threatened to lay the smackdown and sue the candy ass off anyone who disagreed with them.
If you say "Happy Holidays" to a conservative American, don't be surprised to hear "That's Merry Christmas to you, bitch!" in return.
What a spectacular way to ruin the Christmas mood.
Come to think about it, living in the United States is like writing for kennysia.com. You can't say anything these days without offending people.
I'm not Christian so I don't feel obligated to protect the religion. I'm all for accomodating everyone's beliefs as much as possible and even I can tell that this whole debacle is absurd. It's amazing to see everyone is trying to ram their beliefs down the opposing camp's throats with no room for tolerance at all.
If a Christian wishes a Jew "Merry Christmas", it is an act of goodwill, not a scorn because of conflicting ideas on Jesus Christ. If someone chooses to say "Happy Holidays", it is still an act of goodwill despite the choice of words. Why are these people getting so worked up? And dammit, gimme back my goddamn Christmas Tree!
The most ironic thing is that even a Muslim country like Malaysia is more tolerant towards the other people's cultures and beliefs. [2 days after I put up this entry, sadly I no longer feel that way anymore. The commenters pretty much proved that Malaysia is just as intolerant and politically-correct as the USA.]
Till then, Merry Christmas to ALL!