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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Kenney keeps Christ in Christmas in holiday greeting
I guess Jason Kenney didn't get the memo insisting on generic, secular greetings this "holiday season." The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and, yes, Multiculturalism, issued a statement today on Christmas that mentioned -- are you sitting down? -- "Christians":
“I am pleased to offer my very best wishes as the celebration of Christmas approaches.
“Christmas is a time of profound importance to Christians from every corner of the world who have come to Canada to help build our nation.
“We are very fortunate to live in a country that enjoys peace and stability, a country that embraces the many cultures of the world and finds great strength in the coming together of diverse cultures.
“During this season of hope and joy, we are also encouraged to act with compassion toward those less fortunate than ourselves.
“I wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas time, as we give thanks for the many gifts that we have in our own lives and share those gifts with our families and communities.
“As Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend sincere and warm wishes for a merry Christmas and a productive New Year.”
Posted by Matthew Johnston
Posted by westernstandard on December 23, 2008 | Permalink
Thats good because its not Ramadan or Hanukah its Christmas plain and simple.
I have nothing against Hanukah in principle only that few actually say Christmas anymore.
Posted by: Merle | 2008-12-23 12:15:53 PM
Christmas has always been a non-Christian holiday as well as a Christian one. Christmas was placed in December to co-opt exisiting and popular winter festivals. The Christmas tree is all about pagan arbour worship, not Jesus worship. I'm an atheist who celebrates Christmas and enjoys all of the Christmas mythology - from Santa Claus to Jesus (whose birth story comes from other religions that pre-date Jesus' birth). I always wish people a merry Christmas at this time of year. On the rare (very rare) occasion that someone says in reply that they are not Christian, I say "Me too. Merry Christmas!" Christians sometimes like to think they own Christmas, but they don't. The fact that they really believe the Jesus myth no more makes it theirs than the fact that young children believen the Santa myth makes it theirs. Christmas is for everyone. It is a cultural event that has a religious component for some, but not for all.
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-12-23 1:29:50 PM
We are celebrating Chanukah but I have no problem wishing others merry Christmas nor am I insulted when they wish me the same. I agree with FC that it is a traditional holiday regardless of one's beliefs or lack of beliefs.
It would be helpful if the government informed the Public Service of this fact, for I recall when working there being called in and told that I had to cease wishing colleagues merry Christmas. I was told this was offensive to non Christians. Talk about PC running amok!
Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-23 5:08:22 PM
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