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Should Christian Holidays Be Observed By The Government When Other Religious Holidays Are Not?: Left of Center View

First off when it comes to holidays letís get something straight. Iím all for them. Iíve always thought that was one of this countryís biggest problems, too much time spent at work and not enough celebrating family and community. Iím only partially kidding when I say that the problem is that ours is a nation whose framework was written by a bunch of protestant farmers, who thought the day was wasted if you waited until the sun came up to get started. It probably would have been better for the vast majority of us if our founders had been a bunch of musicians. It would certainly make for a much more communal workplace and the cubicle would be just for the drummer.

As I said there already arenít enough holidays so Iím all for celebrating anything else folks think need celebrating, within reason of course. No detrimental holidays, Tax Day for example. Fact is most employers donít give their employees time off for the holidays already on the books. I seem to have to go in and work most every Martin Luther King Jr. and Veteranís Days. Banks and government offices seem to be the only places that do get the day off. That would be fine but then we ought to make them open on the days the rest of us get off so we get a chance to take care of the business most of us have to take time off from work to do.

Since we are supposed to be a nation where church and state are separate it makes sense that we only celebrate American holidays, Thanksgiving, Independence Day and such. Everyone gets those days off, and there really should be a penalty for employers that make folks work those days; pay employees double-time. I realize that the 7-11s have to stay open or we risk running out of beer and lighter fluid right in the middle of the party, but there should be some sort of trade off for the poor folks that have to work on the days that everyone else gets to party.

Which brings me to the second part of my solution; I get that not every small business can afford to pay its people double-time, but you could work a system where they get a little extra time off for missing the party, bonus time if you will. What fun is it to have a day off when everyone else is working? Well, see, hereís the thing Ė there should be extra optional holidays on the calendar.

America is supposed to also allow us the freedom to practice our religion of choice. Now I know this is a stretch, but for many isnít religion part of the culture and so by extension shouldnít we also be allowed to celebrate our various cultures? So in addition to the American holidayís I think itís only fair that we throw in some others. Now you shouldnít have to be a member of that particular culture to celebrate it. One year you take St. Patrickís Day (or the day after if youíre smart) and Chinese New Year, the next year Passover and Halloween Ė hey itís based on a Pagan holiday. Start celebrating each otherís culture and you might just find yourself celebrating with folks from other cultures, which in the long run is good for the country as a whole.

So if we all get the American holidays, plus letís say fifteen others, Iím starting high here so we have room to negotiate with management, throw in a couple weeks vacation and youíre talking. We spend so much time in the rat race that we donít even realize that weíre fighting over garbage. Celebrations are good for the community. San Francisco just crammed the entire Summer of Love into a three week period when the Giants went on their playoff run and that party they held downtown was amazing. They had a million people in the same park that canít seem to hold 30 homeless people without trouble brewing and they were all getting along. Folks worked together and managed to make magic, even people who had no idea what was going on got caught up in the fun (lots of German tourists just thought the orange everywhere was for Halloween). It really would be a progressive party. I for one canít wait to see what they have planned for April 20th.

Thanks for listening,

Bill


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Should Christian Holidays Be Observed By The Government When Other Religious Holidays Are Not?: Right of Center View

America is a Christian nation, like it or not. This nation was founded by Christians in part so they could practice their religion as they saw fit. It stands to reason that if the nation was founded by Christians we would celebrate Christian holidays as national holidays. Since the nation was not founded by Jews or Muslims we donít have a tradition of celebrating their holidays. It is not because of bigotry or dislike of Muslims and Jews. It is because our history is one of being a predominately Christian nation.

Celebrating the holidays that our ancestors did only makes sense. Since the majority of Americans come from the Christian tradition it makes sense for us to widely observe the holidays associated with that tradition. Given that the majority of government workers also come from the Christian tradition it makes sense to close government offices and observe the holidays that the majority of the workers would observe. Again, this is simply being practical.

While we need to be an inclusive nation we donít need to take things to extremes. If people want to light the menorah or spin dreidels thatís cool but why does the county have to do it when the vast majority of the people in the county want a Christmas tree? The last time I checked democracy was about majority rule not catering to the minority just because they whine about it. If youíre that concerned about it being fair, put it to a vote and see what the people choose. Chances are you will find that most people are going to support the Christmas stuff over anything else.

The thing is, you canít possibly please everyone in the whole holiday thing. The problem with trying to observe every holiday for every religion is that if we were to do so we would be on holiday nearly as much as we work. That would not be terribly good for the productivity of our nation. The government is there to serve all but reflect the will of the majority in serving all. In America the majority is of the Christian faith. Nobody disputes that. It is a known fact and has been the case for literally centuries. That being said, this whole thing is just a manufactured issue and doesn't really merit much discussion anyway.

The truth is that the government doesnít observe all Christian holidays it only really observes one of them. We recognize Christmas as a national holiday. Government agencies are closed for Christmas regardless of what day of the week it falls on. The other observed holidays are all non-religious in nature. Since government offices arenít typically open on, Sundays Easter is not an observed holiday. The rest are all non-religious in nature.

Now there are some that would argue that when cities put up decorations they are observing the holiday. OK, I can see that but donít they also put up things for Chinese New Year and other cultural festivals? There is inclusion in the ways that cities and states do things. This whole discussion is about the minority wanting special treatment not equal. If we treat everyone equally we will do the thing that the most people want to do. Everyone has an equal say and in the end majority rules. That is democracy and that is America. But as I said this is all just a tempest in a teapot.

At the end of the day, while observing Christian holidays makes sense from a majority rule standpoint, there is no real issue with Christian holidays dominating the national calendar. The majority of Christian holidays are not observed by the federal government. There is no official observance of Lent or Ash Wednesday or Good Friday or even Easter. Businesses may choose to close for the day on some of those days but the federal government does not observe the holidays. Some small towns and even some larger cities do decorate the streets to improve the morale of their people during the holidays but it is not some insidious plot to wipe out other cultures. The only real problem I see is a bunch of Grinches that want to pull down all the Christmas lights because they are not part of the vast majority of Americans who celebrate Christmas. To them I say, get a life, lighten up and let the kids have Santa for Christís sake!

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