My family has been discussing certain things about Christmas via email lately. I finally got involved in the discussion today. Here's what I wrote:
I think that people who find a Santa hat offensive should have their heads examined. I mean, I don't agree with all of the lengths to which people stretch the word "tolerance," but come on. It's a ***Santa hat.*** If some people of any religious beliefs are going to have fits over that, there is something seriously wrong in the world. If we're going to toss every little thing that anyone finds offensive, well, then we all might as well be living in our own individual sterile cells with no interaction with any other person. Good grief!
Not sure what the Wiccan symbol and Muslim garb examples have to do with Christmas, so I don't know how to address that point. As far as those things at any other time, I personally wouldn't have a problem with it because I, too, have (or should have - one wonders sometimes with some of the stories that have come out lately) the same freedom to wear whatever symbols or clothes I want to wear.
See, that's the thing. These days, far too many people of all walks of life think simply the sight of something is tantamount to it being forced on them. What nonsense! People in this country don't know and probably will never know what it is truly like to have something they don't agree with forced upon them. Heck, even I don't know what that's like, but I've read stories about people who have lived through things like that, so I've at least got some idea.
Remember that old Schoolhouse Rock song about America being a melting pot? "Lovely Lady Liberty / With her book of recipes / And the finest one she's got / Is the Great American Melting Pot." Whatever happened to that belief? I hardly ever see any evidence of it anymore. America today is becoming more and more like a sterilization pot. Anything almost anyone finds offensive is quickly and harshly sanitized from society. It's ridiculous!
I can respect people's differences and I hope they can respect mine. That's all I ask for. That's all anyone should ask for in this great and free country lest it become not so great and not so free in a hurry.