If you’re easily offended, please don’t read this. I’m not setting out to offend anybody by writing this blog entry, I’m just trying to get my opinion across on what I think is an increasingly important matter – political correctness.
A certain UK city has refused to put up a public Christmas tree this year, afraid it may cause offence to those of other faiths. Research shows that three out of every four employers refuse to display Christmas decorations in the office, again as to not cause offence. I’ve heard that there are petitions floating around to ban the use of the words “Christmas tree”, suggesting people instead call it a “holiday tree”. A school which I won’t name on here has refused to decorate their tree with electric lights incase it offends students of other religions. I learn all of this, and only one question comes to mind – are you serious right now?
Christmas is a Christian holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Over the last few thousand years (two thousand and twelve years to be exact, go figure) it has evolved into less of a religion-based affair and into more of a commercial one that many people, Christian or not, take part in. And for some reason, it’s suddenly started offending people. At the risk of sounding racist – which, believe me, I’m not – these people who find it offensive need to sort their lives out. If I went into the household of another religion and tore down decorations they were using to celebrate a holiday that’s not found in my religion of Christianity, I would be arrested. Yet it seems to be perfectly okay for it to happen when it’s reversed.
To clarify, I have no problem with ‘immigrants’. My old boss had come to this country from Slovakia, and she was one of the nicest people I’ve met. She works very hard, and has no problem with British traditions. However, there are some immigrants who clearly do.
In my opinion, if someone is to move to another country, they should be prepared to embrace that country’s traditions and put up with them. In this case – for example – a Muslim woman from Morocco who chooses to move to a predominantly Christian country such as England should accept that it will celebrate Christmas to the extent it has done for the last hundreds of years. They have no right to come here and ask for the decorations to be removed, when the overwhelmingly vast majority of people love and enjoy them.
In some senses, asking for a Christmas tree to be taken down from public viewing as it offends your faith is almost racist in itself. Racism can be defined as “prejudice, intolerance or discrimination directed at something or someone of a different race based on such a belief“. Correct me if I’m wrong, but demanding office Christmas decorations be removed seems to show an intolerance toward Christians and their beliefs. Of course, that’s totally fine. Other races are allowed to be racist to us, as long as we don’t say anything remotely derogatory about them. That’s how it works, right? It seems to. Not that there is any reason to say such a thing, but I’m just throwing out the obvious.
Removing decorations or renaming the Christmas tree because it offends somebody is ridiculous. These things have been tradition in this country for hundreds and hundreds of years (evidence of the first ever tree even stretching back to 1441 in Lithuania, and 1800 in the UK), and it is nobody’s business to ask for them to be changed because the whole thing “offends” them. If they don’t like it, stay in the house, ignore them, or go on holiday for a few weeks. Let everybody else have their fun, and stop thinking that acting that was is okay.