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I'm Dreaming of a Right Christmas

Examining the injustice of religious tolerance.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
December 9, 2005

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I'm Dreaming of a Right Christmas

I'm dreaming of a right Christmas
when those who love the left
will hate the freedoms then allowed
of which I'm now bereft.

Like seeing live nativities
lit up on city squares
or saying "Merry Christmas, sir"
without it seeming rare.

Like hearing carols at the mall
instead of "winter songs."
Why is it Frosty rates so high?
Is Silent Night so wrong?

It's bad that I can't find Good Yule
on Hallmark greeting cards
while Hanukkah and Kwanzaa ones
are there. It's so bizarre.

The Christians' fest is pot-shot prone
chalked up to tolerance.
Yet other faiths are bullet-proof.
I think that's kinda nuts.

The liberty to practice faith
is guaranteed to most.
But if it's thought you're born-again,
you might as well be toast.

And so I dream of Christmases
that won't be a nightmare.
A day when what the law allows
is true for freedom's heirs.

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Alma Dender from Perth, Australia writes:
December 9, 2005
It seems that both the USA and Australia share this amazing political correctness, such that the rights and beliefs of Christians have been made to give way to all others beliefs and practices for fear of offence. No more Saint Nicholas, nor more nativity scenes in shopping malls, The Holiday Season not Christmas, suggestions that Christmas hams could be an affront! I believe in respect and rights for all, not just those who make the most noise, nor do I believe that many of the Muslims, Buddhists or Jews who live and worship in our countries actually ARE offended by Christian beliefs. Let there be common sense and tolerance for ALL in the observance of religious festivals without presumption and false accomodation for unsubstantiated offence. Perhaps it is fear which drives PC not a real concern for people of other faiths.

IdaLynn Wenhold from Naperville IL writes:
December 10, 2005
Greg once again touches on a sensitive subject that for many of us is very near and dear. Respect for all is a must. Retailers should celebrate the fact that many of their customers are Christians who desire to celebrate the real reason for this season. Holiday greetings just don't communicate the real message of Christmas.

Brian Mack from Grand Rapids, MI writes:
December 12, 2005
It used to be that the definition of tolerance was mutual respect in the face of disagreement or difference. At some point, that definition evolved into I'll not say or do anything that might potentially offend anyone else whether deliberate or unintentional. I fear that that definition has been carried to the extreme in the case of Christmas.

Oh well, Happy Ramahannakwanzmas to you all and too all a good night!


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