For any Snowflakes reading this: TRIGGER WARNING!!!
2015: Stories of political correctness run amok on college campuses when it comes to celebrating Christmas – heck, when it comes to just mentioning Christmas – continue to pile up.
The latest two examples include a professor who does not want “Merry Christmas” uttered and a university that called Christmas decorations unsafe.
University of Central Florida professor Terri Fine suggested to her campus recently that they should stop saying “Merry Christmas,” and instead use the more inclusive “Happy Federal Holiday.”
“A Holiday Greeting That Applies to Everyone” was the title of a column she penned for UCF Today that argued her idea was the best way to assure no one was offended in any way, shape or form in December.
“My friends and I wish each other a ‘Happy Federal Holiday,’” she explained, noting it’s the least offensive. Even “happy holidays” doesn’t cut it, she stated.
“Couldn’t ‘Happy Holidays’ be the most inclusive greeting because it is so non-specific? Yes, perhaps, but it is the non-specificity of ‘Happy Holidays’ that makes it inappropriate because it fails to recognize the importance of Christmas to Christians while it also suggests that Chanukah should be more important to Jews than the high holidays and festivals that come at other times during the year,” Fine wrote.
She sounds like a super-fun lady to hang with, eh?
So not letting a bad idea, especially a Politically Correct, Morally Superior (I their heads), and More Diverse idea die…“Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas.” Such a realm of debate brings to question total freedom of expression, toleration of differing ideologies and cultures, and how political correctness still commands the holidays.
Daily Caller: I have to ask “what is the big deal, here?” The response I would come up with would be centered on the level of political correctness that exists and how it negatively envelopes against a basic federal law and degrades Constitutionally protected freedom of expression and conscience. So, once again, “what is the big deal?”
The basic rights of the First Amendment are at play, here. Not only does a devout follower of orthodox Judaism has the right to celebrate Hanukkah with his or her family but a devout Protestant also has the right to celebrate Christmas, unhindered. This also goes for the opponents of Christmas… they have the right to call for a politically correct alternative to the holiday. Moreover, though, the lost dynamic in this debate is that all the bickering is protected by free speech and a nearly 150-year-old component of the United States Code.
They don’t care about that sentiment, though. Due to this, I must infuse my criticism into the argument of this article to target such “social justice warriors” for oppressing freedom of thought. Here is my message: You have freedom to criticize; but, because of some cockamamie theory that all people will be better off censoring imagery for even the most neutral of holidays is absolute idiocy.
Forget your trigger warnings and your safe spaces because Santa Claus is coming to town and Jesus will be born as federal, state, and local government and private sector employees enjoy their Monday off.
Till then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Chag Urim Sameach!