First, we were entertained by the faux pas made by the Senator in the 2008 Utah Legislative session, when referring to an
In reality, America has a Judeo-Christian heritage, so maybe Senator Buttars should change his legislation to "encourage" businesses to advertise with "Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas"...?analogy of a human baby, of declaring that "this baby is black". Then there was the attempt to help a friend develop his property in Mapleton, Utah, by using the force if his legislative office. Let's see if we can top that...
Who cares that businesses hock their Christmas wares by using the term "Happy Holidays"? I guess I sort of do, but not enough to compel them, or even encourage them through the force of law, to use use the term "Merry Christmas" instead.
Buttars told the Salt Lake Tribune earlier this week that his resolution
...would encourage the use of 'Merry Christmas. I'm sick of the Christmas wars -- we're a Christian nation and ought to use the word.Are you kidding me? We have enough government as it is! I suspect Senator Buttars is also contemplating a resolution "encouraging" everyone to use BC and AD instead of BCE and CE.
As far as the mixing of religion and politics, Afghanistan is a Muslim nation, and the Soviet Union was a Communist nation. Do we, in our own little way, mean to be as oppressive as that? I hope not! Although the United States is a nation that is predominantly Christian, it's stretching it quite a ways to claim that it's a Christian nation. In reality, America has a Judeo-Christian heritage, so maybe Senator Buttars should change his legislation to encourage businesses to say "Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas"...?
I like it when people say "Merry Christmas", and I actually wish more people would. But I'm not offended when they don't. I've got a better idea, Senator. Send out Christmas cards that say "Merry Christmas" to every household in the state (on your own dime, of course). Go door to door in your neighborhood! Invite proprietors of business to your home for a weenie roast! Then you can encourage your captive audiences to use Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.
But don't do it with legislation. Better legislation would be to force people to stop denigrating the holiday with such greedy consumerism. But I don't support legislation for that, either.
So anyway--Happy Holidays, Senator Buttars. And Merry Christmas, too.