Merry what?

About three-and-a-half years ago, I turned my back on religion and chose to live my life as someone that does not believe in a god or some higher power. I did so because of two reasons: first, I did not like the false justification of one’s religion over another’s to assert one’s agenda. Second, I realized that I was not taking full accountability for my own actions, even though they were entirely my own.

So over three years later, I still stick by my decision. However, I also understand that other people have their beliefs, and I respect them for that. But when someone wishes me a “Merry Christmas,” I don’t get upset. Heck, I even say it once in a while.

But some people take it too far. Secular humanist Tom Flynn thinks that when someone says “Merry Christmas,” he thinks it’s part of some sort of conspiracy. He argues that it has become hate speech.

I totally disagree. This time of year, many people are pushing themselves to provide services and give to charity as well as provide for their families and loved ones. It’s also a time to spend with our families and loved ones. Finally, it’s also a time for reassessing how this past year went and to prepare for the next. For Christians, it’s supposed to be a time of rebirth, since Christmas is the celebration of Christ being born into this world.

I once thought that it was a little rude to wish me a Merry Christmas when I didn’t believe in it anymore. But it’s not so much that I don’t believe in it; rather, it’s that I do believe in the cheerfulness and goodwill among everyone (despite my song). I now accept it as a form of respect, and I thank everyone that wishes me the blessing. And no, I’m not becoming a Christian again.

So I think this Flynn dude is just as extreme as those on the Christian Right (which, by the way, is neither). But then again, I still do prefer saying “Happy Holidays” just to make sure I cover all of the holidays.

Wisconsin State Journal column: Merry!, uh, … Happy! Oh, just have a nice day

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