Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: The Great White(?) North
Christmas and political correctness (opinions please ;)
Hey, just want to bring something up that's news around where I live.
It seems that more and more, people are trying to get rid of the word 'Christmas' in order to be politically correct....well I shouldn't say people in general, but the politicians and other people who run our country's affairs. For example....at the BC (my province) Legislature, there is no 'Christmas tree' but there is a 'Seasonal' tree....the Royal Canadian Mint has changed its winter slogan from the 12 days of Christmas to the 12 days of 'Giving'...Christmas concerts are now 'Winter Festivals' in many schools...those are just some of the examples.
I think this really outrageous....Christmas has always been Christmas, and I dont' think we should be changing this in order to appease other people. Here, we still call Ramadan Ramadan, we still call Chanukah Chanukah...so why the hell are we trying to change Christmas? I can't imagine that people who come to Canada would be insulted by this, as they know they are moving into a different culture where Christmas and other traditions are different...and even so, we shouldn't be changing our major traditions for anything, for most Canadians Christmas is one of, if not the, most important time of the year.
I know it's not just here that it is happening, I heard that somewhere else (I think it was somewhere in Australia), there has been talk about replacing Santa Claus with a clown!!
So I just wanted to hear what other people think about this. Also if there are people here who live in a Western country and observe Ramadan or Chanukah, I'd love to hear what your views are....is it difficult to have Christmas so prevalent everywhere you look around this time of year?