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 Posted: Sun Oct 29th, 2006 03:53 am
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Cutter



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What the hell is wrong with people in Canada these days? Why are we letting a hand full of immigrants destroy our spirit of Christmas?  I think I'm living in the Middle East recently, why? Because I am told that Christmas is offensive to a certain group of the people we let in to OUR country.

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I grew up with was founded on the basic principles of freedom of worship, along with other fundamental rights. Slowly over the years, I've witnessed a slow progressive erosion of some of our most cherished traditions and rights, especially those concerning Christmas. What bothers me most about this is that Christmas, of all the holidays we have, is the one most based on pure love and the joy of giving.

Growing up, I lived in a South West Calgary, we had Christians, Jews and Chinese people all co-existing peacefully, side by side. At Christmas, each year we all celebrated our neighbor’s beliefs. We had Christmas trees in our schools. No one made issues over such things as Nativity scenes we simply accepted and respected each others beliefs.

Nowadays, in schools across this Calgary, nativity scenes are banned, and Christmas is referred to as “Happy Holidays”. I think we've gone too far in our efforts to be politically correct, and in the process, robbed our culture and our children of many of the most magical aspects of Christmas. What happened to our tolerance? Why are we allowing this to happen at all? I don't care if my neighbor worships trees, stones, pigs or believe in goblins or anything else. It is their right, as it is mine to enjoy my Christmas as I, as a Canadian see fit. Our Jewish friends don’t object to us celebrating Christmas just as we don’t object to them celebrating Hanukkah. So why are we letting a bunch of imigrent ingrates tell us what to do in our own back yard?


Perhaps Canada’s growing ethnic population need to go live elsewhere, and leave the rest of us to pursue the right to liberty and equality.

Our media is just as bad. We have Light96 each year calling them selves “Calgary’s Official Holiday Station” but refusing to use the word Christmas or play any Christmas carols for fear it will piss-off the dam ethnics. Instead we get a month of Frosty the Snowman and the like. As for television, when was the last time anyone on any Calgary station said “Happy Christmas”?  

Enough is enough my ethnic friends. This is Canada and we celebrate Christmas. If you don’t like it then go back home and continue to live the lives you were all apparently so eager to leave behind.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2006 07:17 pm
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"I don't want them telling me not to wish people a Merry CHRISTmas"

Calgaryman, did someone actually tell you not to wish people a Merry Christmas?  Who are 'they'?

I agree with Digger on this one.  It's basically the media that has become fearful of insulting anyone, including all those nice folks that try to sell us anything and everything.

That doesn't stop you from hanging Christmas ornaments on your cubicle wall at work or wishing your friends and co-workers Merry Christmas - I've never felt any pressure not to say Merry Christmas.

 

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 Posted: Thu Nov 2nd, 2006 10:12 pm
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Hmm, not a very CHRISTian attitude - but none-the-less.

It would have been nice if you took that opportunity to have a conversation with the person about why you like to say Merry Christmas and how you would completely understand and support him greeting other people in his customary manner during his holiday, religious or not, season?

 

 

 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 3rd, 2006 10:43 am
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Mana: 
You know, it's so easy to blame the media for everything.  Try Blaming the "Special Interest Groups"  They're the  ones with an agenda.  The media just makes you more aware of a situation that you may not have know existed before.  I do agree that Merry Xmas isn't an offensive comment and shouldn't be taken as such.  It's never said in a malicious way that could mean F*** Off.  The same with Happy Holidays -  who cares  how it's phrased as long as it's sincere. 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 3rd, 2006 09:34 pm
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"it's easy to scream racism"
"it's so easy to blame the media for everything"


It's also easy to say "it's so easy to" when you want to imply how far off base everyone elses opinion is and how right yours is.

The media doesn't want to insult any customer - you, me, or a special interest group.



 

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 Posted: Sat Nov 11th, 2006 01:07 am
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I saw a report on the news tonight.  U.S. Walmart stores have switched back to using "Merry Christmas" to greet customers, along with other greetings and their store signage now includes the word "Christmas".

Apparently they heard from so many customers regarding their laundering of the holiday that they decided to take this approach (along with pressure from the Catholic League).

Which just goes to show you that your wallet can do the talking for you and turn this trend around - so write to those companies - and malls and let them know what you think.

According to the report Walmart Canada hasn't made a decision on this yet.

 

 

 

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