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Merry Christmas!

Oh, nice. You and Gorsuch.

What?

Gorsuch pulled that stunt on Fox the other day, saying “Merry Christmas” like suddenly it’s legal, thanks to Trump.

Hey, no. I wasn’t saying that. I was just wishing you a Merry Christmas. I didn’t know about the Gorsuch thing.

Did you ever stop to think that not everyone is a Christian, and not everyone wants Christian feast days rammed down their throats every year? For weeks and weeks and weeks?

Oh, I know that. But most Americans —

And you think being in the majority makes it right? That’s how it works, we get to be a theocracy because a majority think that’s a good idea? What about all other religions, and those who don’t believe in a god? Handmaid’s Tale, much?

Come on. I’m not condoning a theocracy. I’m just wishing people well during the holiday.

Then wish them well, but don’t ask them to pay lip service to your particular mythology. Say “happy holidays,” or something equally inclusive. “Merry Christmas” is divisive and exclusionary. You just don’t understand that because you’re in a privileged majority position and can’t see it.

Okay, got it. I’ll try to be more thoughtful of other people, and more respectful of inclusivity. Will that work?

It’s a good start.

Great. Well then, Happy Holiday!

You too. Oh…

What?

And don’t forget to Shout Your Abortion®.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Merry Christmas, Henry.

    • #1
    • December 20, 2019, at 8:37 AM PST
    • 7 likes
  2. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Insane isn’t it….

    • #2
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:19 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    And a Happy Festivus to you!

    • #3
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:25 AM PST
    • 8 likes
  4. Hartmann von Aue Member

    A blessed Chanukah to all and a blessed and a merry Christmas as well. 

    • #4
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:29 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  5. PHenry Member

    Is it impossible for a non Christian to have a merry Christmas? 

     

    Merry Christmas!

    Don’t cram your religion down my throat. 

    Ok, have a miserable December 25.

    • #5
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:50 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  6. Susan Quinn Contributor

    You are most welcome to wish me a Merry Christmas! I promise not to yell at you!

    • #6
    • December 20, 2019, at 10:04 AM PST
    • 15 likes
  7. The Reticulator Member

    Henry Racette: Great. Well then, Happy Holiday!

    Happy Holiday? What right do you have to shove your inclusivity down my throat?

    • #7
    • December 20, 2019, at 10:57 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  8. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra Fractus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    You are most welcome to wish me a Merry Christmas! I promise not to yell at you!

    And you are welcome to wish me a happy Hanukkah, though I’m not sure why you’d want to.

    Basically, it doesn’t matter which one you prefer – Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Happy Holidays* – if you get offended, you’re the one who’s wrong.

    *And, in my case, birthday, which is really soon after New Year’s :-)

    • #8
    • December 20, 2019, at 11:06 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  9. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I read on Twitter (from a “Journalist”) that “Merry Christmas” is a “Republican talking point”.

    You couldn’t make this stuff up.

    • #9
    • December 20, 2019, at 11:07 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  10. Hoyacon Member

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    Vesele Venoce

    Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

    Craciun Fericit

    Kala Christouyenna

    • #10
    • December 20, 2019, at 11:49 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  11. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    Vesele Venoce

    Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

    Craciun Fericit

    Kala Christouyenna

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Will there be a test later?

    • #11
    • December 20, 2019, at 11:49 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  12. Hoyacon Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    Vesele Venoce

    Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

    Craciun Fericit

    Kala Christouyenna

    Will there be a test later?

    No, because I left out some umlauts, etc., so it wouldn’t be fair. It’s also very “Western Civ” oriented, so it’s inherently suspect. It is, however, a handy list to say the magic words without the overly sensitive being able to take offense because . . . multicultural.

    • #12
    • December 20, 2019, at 11:57 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  13. Randy Webster Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    Vesele Venoce

    Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

    Craciun Fericit

    Kala Christouyenna

    Will there be a test later?

    No, because I left out some umlauts, etc., so it wouldn’t be fair. It’s also very “Western Civ” oriented, so it’s inherently suspect. It is, however, a handy list to say the magic words without the overly sensitive being able to take offense because . . . multicultural.

    I’d probably mispronounce most of them.

    • #13
    • December 20, 2019, at 12:14 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  14. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Randy Webster (View Comment):
    I’d probably mispronounce most of them.

    You beat me to it!

    • #14
    • December 20, 2019, at 12:21 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  15. Randy Webster Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    No, because I left out some umlauts, etc., so it wouldn’t be fair. It’s also very “Western Civ” oriented, so it’s inherently suspect. It is, however, a handy list to say the magic words without the overly sensitive being able to take offense because . . . multicultural.

    Hm. Christmas is pretty Western Civ oriented.

    • #15
    • December 20, 2019, at 12:37 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  16. The Reticulator Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Hoyacon

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    That reminds me, last weekend we helped out with a living Nativity at our church. Our son questioned us about the nativist rally that he heard we were attending . (Yes, he was kidding.)

    • #16
    • December 20, 2019, at 1:15 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  17. Hoyacon Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    No, because I left out some umlauts, etc., so it wouldn’t be fair. It’s also very “Western Civ” oriented, so it’s inherently suspect. It is, however, a handy list to say the magic words without the overly sensitive being able to take offense because . . . multicultural.

    Hm. Christmas is pretty Western Civ oriented.

    Hence part of the “problem.”

    • #17
    • December 20, 2019, at 1:45 PM PST
    • 1 like
  18. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra Fractus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    Vesele Venoce

    Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

    Craciun Fericit

    Kala Christouyenna

     

     

     

     

     

     

    성탄절 잘 지내세요

    • #18
    • December 20, 2019, at 1:57 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  19. E. Kent Golding Member

    I wished someone happy Easter in the spring and they said they didn’t celebrate Easter. They managed to say this in a non-belligerent, non-hostile fashion, so I told them to have a great weekend.

    Most people, Christians or not, take Merry Christmas or Happy Easter as well wishes of benevolent intent and respond in kind.

    • #19
    • December 20, 2019, at 2:21 PM PST
    • 9 likes
  20. Samuel Block Support

    Hank, you’ll be happy to know that this Millennial has been “Merry Christmasing” everybody he’s encountered! 

    Merry Christmas to y’all too! (It’s so nice to say so without any reason to suspect the audience would be triggered by such an American phrase.)

    • #20
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:36 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  21. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Hoyacon

    Buon Natale

    Kellemes Karacsonyt

    Joyeux Noel

    God Jul

    Feliz Navidad

    Froliche Weihnachten

    Feliz Natal

    That reminds me, last weekend we helped out with a living Nativity at our church. Our son questioned us about the nativist rally that he heard we were attending . (Yes, he was kidding.)

    Your son is funny.

    • #21
    • December 21, 2019, at 4:34 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  22. Eridemus Coolidge

    A liberal on facebook this morning said she didn’t want to offend anyone, but to chose between “Happy Impeachment” and “Merry Impeachment.” I hope to wish her a “Happy Acquittal” around Valentines.

    • #22
    • December 21, 2019, at 6:34 AM PST
    • 7 likes