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November 29, 2009


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Eric Fink

May I gently suggest that the issue is not a matter of "political correctness" (surely a phrase long-past its shelf-life in any event), but merely a recognition of the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas. The ridiculous backlash against Best Buy for the simple act of wishing its Muslim customers a happy Eid al-Adha (just as that company has routinely run ads extending Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa greetings) is a reminder that the trumped up "War on Christmas" moral panic (to which the "Wish Me a Merry Christmas" button campaign is a contribution) is not about protecting the majority from "political correctness", but about silencing the minority and enforcing conformity to one particular cultural-political ideology.

I don't begrudge anyone else their preferred holidays. Nor do I take offense at other people inviting me to share in their Christmas merriment (though, as a rule, I don't do merry). All I ask is that others likewise don't begrudge my different preferences (It's OK to wish me a Happy May Day), and don't take offense when I decline to join in their celebration.

(I hasten to add that my comment isn't in any way directed at Tim, who I respect as a person of good faith in every sense of that term, but merely inspired by the button campaign, the good faith of which I view more skeptically.)


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Eric Muller

I think Eric's right.

The linked website (and the buttons it is hawking for $2.50 each) are not about diffusing awkwardness at the cash register. They're about fighting back against the supposed national "Attack on Christmas" launched by "liberals."

See, for example, this:


I was recently checking out at the cash register of a major national retailer when I unexpectedly sneezed (though with sufficient time to properly insert my nose into my elbow per HHS best practices and recommendations).

To my surprise, the cashier simply gave me a blank look and, in a very robotic tone, advise me that corporate regulations prevented her from "offering a 'Bless You' in response to any type of customer-initated olafactory event."

"That's okay," I gently responded. "The debit card I just handed you is rumored to be contaminated with highly virulent WHO, IMF, CBS, SOS, CNN and DoD-sythensized Ukrainian dog flu germs so we all only have minutes to live anyway."

Just another day in paradise (a very ecumenical word if there ever was one, indeed).

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