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Happy Tolerance Day
by Frederick Meekins
It's important this "winter season"
to have tolerance for every viewpoint except the Christian one, which
is strictly prohibited.
--- “Happy Tolerance Day.” Use to be this time of year Americans
greeted one another with a hearty “Merry Christmas”. However,
if the minions of political correctness continue to foist their intellectual
swill upon the nation’s culture, the Yuletide season will come to
symbolize something else entirely.
On “The O’Reilly Factor”, Bill recently confronted feminist
agitator Patricia Ireland about Planned Parenthood’s “Choice
On Earth” holiday cards. Ireland responded by saying, “I can’t
think of a better time of year to remind everyone of the need for tolerance
among the major religious groups and among individuals.”
Planned Parenthood concurred with Ireland’s assessment in a statement
posted on the group’s website concluding, “Planned Parenthood
believes in every individual’s right to make choices and live in
peace with our planet and wishes people of all beliefs a peaceful and
safe holiday season.” If NOW and Planned Parenthood hags are out
fostering a spirit of diversity and tolerance throughout this festive
period, I’d hate to see an organization imposing a uniformity of
These groups and their liberal sympathizers are out to promote something
this Christmas. But it’s definitely not goodwill and human understanding,
especially if tolerance and inclusion mean celebrating ideas you don’t
necessarily agree with as multiculturalists harp ad nauseam.
Planned Parenthood said of the arm of the American Life League publicizing
the scandal of these blasphemous Advent placards, “...this organization
... serves no redeeming purpose.” If Planned Parenthood really “believes
in every individual’s right to make choices” who are they
to say an organization serves no redeeming purpose when the ethical standards
endorsed by the abortion crowd are reducible to the pragmatics of relativistic
As with its other varieties, it seem the Christmas brand of tolerance
does not apply to those embracing America’s traditional Christian
values either. One New Jersey school cancelled a trip to see A Christmas
Carol --- talk about a bunch of Scrooges --- because Christian references
might offend non-Christian students. Should the same degree of concern
be shown to the sensibilities of Caucasian students disturbed by the unbridled
racial histrionics allowed to run rampant all February long and for much
of January and March for that matter?
The school’s spineless principal told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
that this literary classic “did not mesh with the class’ curriculum
[no doubt because Dickens being a dead white male].” and “there
is a great sensitivity to putting students in awkward situations.”
Wonder if these mental sensors will be as quick to cut sex-ed and evolution
from Biology class.
This prejudice has taken on such ridiculous proportions that these Grinches
have metastasized beyond the holiday’s outrightly religious message
to take offense at its symbols once providing a great deal of aesthetic
According to Robert Knight in the Nov/Dec. 2002 issue of Family Voice,
this hatred towards God and all things holy runs so deep that many retailers
refuse to place stars atop their display trees as a conscientious effort
to thumb their noses at the King of Kings. Even Chick-fil-a, the fast
food chicken chain that makes a self-righteous spectacle of itself by
closing every Sunday, barely acknowledges the existence of Christmas.
In Pittsburgh, concerned residents there had to fight to get annual December
celebrations re-upgraded to a generic “holiday” status. Humbugs
in that Pennsylvania metropolis had reduced the Christmas season to a
mere “Winter Sparkle Festival”, going so far as to downplay
traditional decorations in favor of stars and sparkles.
In Australia, a number of daycare centers won’t let jolly Ole St.
Nick darken their classroom doorways for fear of offending immigrants
and minorities. Instead schools will emphasize culturally inclusive figures
such as Fairies and Elves.
Most adherents of these minority persuasions are not native to the Land
Down Under. They should have known what they were getting into before
they migrated there. Westerners are always being lectured as to our need
to honor other cultures. Isn’t it about time those from the backwards
nations of the earth reciprocate with due homage and deference?
A “spokeswoman” for the Swinburne University of Technology
in Melbourne told the Sunday Mail there, “As a university, we have
to be sensitive to the views of minority groups.” But won’t
the majestic and ethereal Elves portrayed in The Lord of the Rings feel
unjustly stereotyped if pre-school students see the primary function of
these beings as wrapping presents and baking cookies? And what about the
Hobbits; won’t they feel their culture diminished by all the attention
focused on the Elves? The last thing you want to face, my friend, is a
gaggle of disgruntled Hobbits.
We can all sit back and laugh at this --- unless of course mirth has become
yet another celebratory quality banished by the ranks of the politically
correct --- but these conflicts have ramifications beyond entertaining
us on cold December evenings. These secularists hope to engineer every
religious reference from society’s vocabulary in the hopes of enshrining
their own dogmatic absolutist tolerance as the established creed.
At Patuxent Elementary in Lusby, Maryland, my cousin’s son was sent
to the principal’s office for uttering “God bless you”
after a classmate sneezed. School officials informed my irate cousin,
who was called up to the school in the same manner as if her offspring
had cussed out his teacher, that her son must desist in offering this
traditional benediction since it offended atheists and Jews in the class.
Thus, my young cousin was forbidden from vocalizing his own religious
culture and ethos. Yet for the school to have known the preferences of
these unbelieving students, someone must have expressed them.
So why are they allowed to speak up and Christian children ordered to
remain silent? More importantly, if Christians are told to no longer enunciate
idioms harkening back to the religious origins of America’s culture
since doing so would be to impose them upon those who do not share them,
why are those who do not have Christian convictions allowed to impose
their’s upon the rest of us? What if a Christian child is offended
by some atheist brat who refuses to button their lip?
Some might consider making tolerance the highest ideal the best thing
they could find under their tree (or whatever other green thing makes
them warm and fuzzy all over) this “holiday season”. However,
as everyone that was once a child eventually realizes, not every gift
is all its cracked up to be.
American WorldView Dispatch