Today, an AOL headline announced that Sasha Cohen was stunned when city officials asked carolers in her vicinity to stop singing so that she would not be offended. After all, Sasha's half-Jewish, she's gotta hate Christmas carols, right? Apparently, Sasha's family celebrates Christian and Jewish holidays, since the half of her that is not Jewish is Christian (if Christianity can be regarded as an ethnicity). Sasha's mother thought the carolers sounded lovely and said that carols are part of the season.
A couple of weeks ago there was a controversy in Colorado when someone hung a wreath in the shape of a peace symbol. Some neighbor(s) felt it was an inappropriate display of opposition to the war in Iraq! The homeowner said it wasn't, but that's beside the point. My public school indoctrination - oops, education - taught me that free speech is a Constitutionally protected right in the USA. Says so right there in Article I of the Bill of Rights! The last I heard, after some really bad publicity and the realization that they were likely to lose a lawsuit, the homeowners' association withdrew its request for the wreath's removal.
Then there was the Christmas tree removal at the SEATAC airport in Washington (the state, not DC, thank God - we have enough of our own lunacy to deal with here without importing more!). Apparently, a Jewish fellow asked that a menorah be displayed too. Airport officials decided that displaying Christian and Jewish holiday symbols would lead to requests from other religious adherents, so they removed the trees! Well, that didn't last long. The trees are back up. I don't know about the menorah.
Once we've thoroughly mangled Christmas, we'll move on to the next item on the agenda:
I don't know whether I should laugh, cry or inhale a bag of M&Ms!
Whatever happened to "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men?"
Maybe that should read, "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men & Women?"