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Religious Tolerance at Christmas 1

Christmas isn’t only for Christians. Christmas is a holiday that is enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike as Canada is a country of many cultures and religions.

Every Christmas I read stories about extreme political correctness relating to Christmas: today’s story was about a woman who was allegedly fired because she insisted that she answer the phone saying “Merry Christmas” as opposed to “Happy Holidays”.

I am not a Christian, I don’t practice any religion. Instead I am fascinated by reading about many religions. But at the same time, I’m not offended if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas and I have no problem wishing non-Christians a Merry Christmas.

Many Christians are rightly fearful of losing the real meaning of Christmas, but they need to accept that not everyone in the world is a Christian. I think they have every right to maintain the meaning of Christmas within practicing Christians but I think the world needs to evolve beyond the “you’re with us or against us” approach.

I had a great feeling of diversity on Christmas Eve when my Muslim co-workers wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Accepting and respecting other people’s religion is the only hope the world has to live at peace, and this was a very dignified and respectful move by my selfless and caring Muslim friends at work.

Canada is a great example of how many different cultures and religions can live in peace and relatively free from discrimination and racism.

I think people of all religions have the responsibility to respect others and avoid the polarization of other religions for the sake of growing their own religion.

At my Oma’s church on Christmas Eve, the pastor discussed religious tolerance in his sermon and emphasized that Christmas is for all people and Christians should resist their instinct to criticize non-Christians at Christmas because all people are citizens of the world.

One comment on “Religious Tolerance at Christmas

  1. george Dec 27,2008 2:09 am

    word, buddy. great post. thanks again for saying what needs to be said.
    – g

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