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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
Holiday Spirit != Forcing Jesus into my shopping
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ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: November 22nd, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're certainly right that insisting that people say "merry christmas" is kinda fucked up - a certainly falls into that "normative" argument above. At the same time, there is some merit to the claim, at least in a way - now hear me out. ;)

Equality is a wonderful thing. Acceptance is a wonderful thing. But there is a very insidious sort of "flattening" effect that occurs - you lose a lot of what makes life interesting and fun when you insist that teachers can't talk about halloween in class (they can't, at my fiance's school) or that people should NOT say things like "merry christmas". Even when you don't insist on such measures, creating an environment where it is "okay" to be offended by such will kind of chill all of that diversity right out of the air.

I suppose the question the right is asking is "don't we have a right to be religious outside of our homes?" - to which I respond, "yes". On the other hand, in the same way you should be allowed to express your views outside of your house, I should be allowed to express mine - even if I am Gay and in the military, for example.
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