(quoting Miscellanea Agnostica)
Myth 7: People and businesses have been forced not to say “Merry Christmas”: The idea that some kind of coercion has forced people and businesses to use “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” is simply absurd. There is no such effort underway … anywhere. Unfortunately I cannot prove this; it’s impossible to present positive evidence that something does not exist. I can, instead, only provide you with Bing News, Google News and Yahoo News searches, and promise that you will find no one is preventing anyone from saying “Merry Christmas.” Instead, you will find exactly the opposite — concerted campaigns to force people and businesses to say “Merry Christmas,” even if they do not wish to. The idea that saying “Merry Christmas” has somehow been abolished, or is being abolished, is a flat-out lie. It is not happening — anywhere.
(quoting Amanda Winkler)
Members of the House of Representatives have been told they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” via the mail.
The Congressional Franking Commission, which reviews congressional mail to determine if it can be paid for with tax dollars, issued a rule saying that no holiday greetings, including the traditional Christmas greeting, may be stated in official mail.
The commission’s website bluntly declares that “the law prohibits the use of the Frank for any card or message expressing holiday greetings for any traditional holiday for example, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.”
My two cents
The first quote comes from an Agnostic (and additionally in this case, an anti-Christian) apologist who has decided to take an exhaustively absolutist approach with absolutely no wiggle room for error…followed by an admission that he can’t prove his premise.
The second quote demonstrates the value of leaving wiggle room when it comes to making bold assertions. In this light, the first quote comes across as a concocted, coddled and self-reinforcing assertion. Unusually, it has a very self-conscious writing style, while at the same time being peppered with emotionalism. The end result is a polemic that turns out to be wrong.
Quotes like this lend weight to the notion that some agnostics are practical atheists; I won’t have to use Bing News, Google News or Yahoo News searches to demonstrate that.
- Miscellanea Agnostica. (n.d.). Myths About Christmas In The U.S. Available: http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/myths-about-christmas-in-the-u-s/. Last accessed 2nd Apr 2012.
- Winkler, A. (2011). Reps Banned From Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Official Letters. Available: http://global.christianpost.com/news/reps-banned-from-saying-merry-christmas-in-official-letters-65227/. Last accessed 16th Jun 2012.