KQV AM 1410

KQV Editorial

The Tug of War over Christmas

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     In this politically correct society in which we live, there’s been a tug-of-war going on every year between secularists and traditionalists with the future of Christmas at stake.


     Some of the actions being taken on this battlefield we find to be unbelievably self-serving.  Let’s establish at this point that Christmas is a federally-mandated holiday and has been celebrated for many, many generations.  Of course, it is of religious origins and carries with it that significance, but we also know that in this country Christmas has been celebrated over many years by the vast majority of the people.  It’s truly a national holiday!


     That’s why it’s difficult to understand why Christmas is a thorn in the side of so many people.  There is unquestionably a concede effort by some politically correct factions to minimize the Christmas holiday.


     Let’s also establish that every religion has the right and perhaps the obligation to celebrate its holidays.  Every religion should be given the respect it deserves.  This also applies to Agnostics and Atheists.


     In recent years some of these objections have been taken to almost ridiculous extremes.  Some people object to the singing of Christmas carols…others want Christmas trees referred to as “holiday” or “community” trees…still others oppose the sending of Christmas cards.


     In many schools, Christmas plays have been cancelled.  At other schools Christmas trees are forbidden and, even more ridiculous, children are not allowed to bring red and green cookies to school!


     Taken to its ultimate extreme, we guess composer Irving Berlin, instead of writing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” would have to have written instead, “I’m Dreaming of a White Winter Holiday”!  In some retail establishments, clerks are instructed to say “Happy Holiday” instead of “Merry Christmas”.


     The theme of Christmas is peace and goodwill.  Can anyone take issue with that?  Or, is it the vast majority of people in this country who are really being discriminated against by a politically correct constituency?


     A few years ago here in Pittsburgh, Christmas and the Christmas season were replaced by “Sparkle Season”.  Figure that one out!


     While it may not be politically correct, we wish you a “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy Holiday”.


     Oh, and one other thing; don’t forget to do our last minute Christmas…er…holiday shopping!


Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
December 22, 23, 24, 2009                                   

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