I posted this status on my Facebook wall 7 hours ago for fun to see what kind of reaction I would get from my friends:
I wish people would stop wishing me a Merry Christmas!!! I’m not Catholic! Jeeper Creepers! Happy Holidays is a much better way to wish someone good tidings during the holiday season!
With a Facebook profile of only 280-or-so friends I was surprised to have received 9 comments in about an hour. Some were funny, some were racist, some were over religious and one was so funny that I had to delete it. I now have 3 less Facebook friends than I did before that posting as I will not have bigots as friends even if its just a silly Facebook page. The general consensus was: “this is Canada and we celebrate CHRISTMAS!”. I celebrate the 25th of December as a day for family and/or friends to get together and show their appreciation for one another. I do not affiliate myself with any religion and I have made a very educated decision not to do so. I would stand side by side with any Canadian Muslim, Catholic, Jew, ect. and fight for their right to practice their religion. I also have great admiration for anyone that can give their life to something they believe in. Though your religious beliefs may differ from mine I will respect you and praise you for them. I will never tell you that you are wrong for believing in what you do nor will I say that your beliefs are less than mine. BUT if you try to back me into a corner and tell me your beliefs are better or more sound or even more righteous than mine I will call bullshit! I will then stand up for, not only myself but, anyone else that disagrees (unless they’re a Nazi cause Nazi’s are just rubbish).
This was my final comment on the issue:
Just so I’m clear: I posted this status because I was tired of the semi-racist status’ posted saying things such as “It’s merry Christmas, if you don’t like it fuck off to your own country” There are CANADIANS that do not celebrate Christmas as a Religious holiday, there are also CANADIANS that do not recognize the 25th of December as a meaningful date at all. I celebrate Christmas. I like hearing people say Merry Christmas. I love Christmas dinner. I FUCKING love carols but it seems, too many folks get on their religious high horse around the first of December and it makes me uncomfortable. I mean really do you, my friends, really think I’m that insensitive that I would alienate any of my religious friends with a Facebook post. I respect EVERYONE’S religious beliefs and I would fight, right beside you, for your right to practice any religion you feel the need to BUT I cannot stand racism and bigotry. So the next time someone wishes you a HAPPY HOLIDAY understand that they are wishing you all the best during this meaningful season and that they’re not trying to change your way of life or “take over your country”. That is all. This thread will be deleted on the 25th of December.
As I finish this blog I am overcome by a feeling of listlessness. The argument between the advocates of keeping the word Christmas in schools, media and in public social settings seems to be moot. We all understand that there are folks with beliefs that differ from ours and, at heart, most of us would rather not offend or alienate ANYONE………..So why is it so difficult to wish someone Happy Holidays? This phrase encompasses the feeling and grandeur of the season without discrimination.
So to finish this off I’d like to wish a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the birth of the son of GOD, Happy Kwanzaa to the NAACP, Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, Happy Festivus to all the Seinfeld fans AND Happy Holidays to EVERYONE!!!!!
Joseph-Your Boyfriend For The Evening-Rox