We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” Trump said to applause, before slamming people who don’t say “Merry Christmas. They don’t use the word Christmas because it is not politically correct,” Trump said, complaining that department stores will use red and Christmas decorations but say “Happy New Year.” “We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”
I used to be a Catholic and am now agnostic. (Long story) I’ve studied history, religion and ethics most of my adult life. I don’t remember anything in all that even suggesting that decorating for Christmas and a trite greeting constitute the core values of Judeo-Christian philosophy.
The “politically correct” insanity intrudes far, far more into our lives and freedom than this. And no smug pronouncement from the president will change that.
And then, there is the monumental hypocrisy of Trump’s statement when compared to the stupid and destructive nonsense over athletes, and others, who refuse to salute the flag or stand for the anthem. (Among a great many other things…)
Now, when only the professional athletes were involved, their employers certainly had the right to question their actions, and even to fire them if they wanted. But, of course, it has now dripped down to just about everyone and there is no justification for it.
A person standing for, or kneeling for, their own belief and convictions is no different than having the freedom to say “Merry Christmas”… at the very least. The politically correct insanity is geared to control what people think and say, and “Christmas” is hardly the worst target, by any means.
Individual liberty, freedom to think, speak and act in response to one’s own principles and ideals… as long as there is no force or fraud against others, of course. These have always been the core “values” of the Judeo-Christian philosophy. Those who are religious base that on their understanding of the bible and other writings, of course, but many of us who are not (or no longer) religious have a somewhat different view of ethics and morality, but based on the same freedom.
So, I won’t be wishing anyone a “Merry Christmas,” since I don’t have anything to do with religion or their holidays now, but I will continue steadfast in my commitment to the Judeo-Christian values of life, liberty and self government.