You are right, Jeff, in that there is not likely going to be a debate in this forum on the issue. I do appreciate the opportunity to discuss it though.
People tend to get into debates and protests about things that they are nervous about. How can they (the Christmas Bashers) be passionate about not being passionate about something? It's foolishness. People can choose not to celebrate, but they should not interfere with those who do.
Government should stay out of the entire issue.
Malls and businesses who will not permit carollers or Salvation Army collections to be nearby should forfeit their rights to sell Christmas items.
For many of us, having shops that specialize in Christmas items all year round would be a welcome site. Still, it would be a crying shame to see that happen.
I celebrate Christmas proudly, it's how I grew up. If there was a law that prohibited the celebrating of the season where I live, I'd move to a place where the city officials have less power. Or I would be arrested for celebrating the holidays. I have never considered myself a radical, but I do have an Irish temper that might come in handy.
This is not a new debate or battle, it's been going on for many years. I like to believe that there are more people who support the celebration of the holiday (in some form or another) than there are people who protest the practice.
When people (not you Jeff) challenge my joys, I think about songs or inspirational messages and they comfort me. Here's what has come to mind as I was replying in this post regarding the article.
To Thine Own Self Be True
What lies behind us and what lies before us
Are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
They may see the good you do as self-serving
Continue to do good .
They may see your generosity as grandstanding
Continue to be generous.
They may see your warm and
Caring nature as a weakness,
Continue to be warm and caring.
For in the end, it was only between you and your spirit (God).
It never was between you and them anyway.
Thanks for inducing a Christmas Dream tonight. HeHe.