Happy Chanukah everyone.
What is with the feelings of persecution that some Christians have ?
Heck, it's not like Jesus would be one of you... he was Jewish until the day he died and certainly would not have appreciated the commercials for the Honey-Baked Ham company at Easter, let alone marking his birthday on the Roman feast for their God, Saturn, when Jesus was probably born in the spring.
Oh, and celebrating his birth with pagan trees and using it as an excuse to spend a fortune on unnecessary (and often unappreciated) gifts for friends and family, when the world is still full of poverty and hunger.
Yeah, he'd have liked that !
Exactly how does it hurt you to say "Happy Holidays" and show an awareness of other people and their beliefs ? Do you really think that Jesus is so egocentric that he needs you to impose your faith on everyone else ? Do you think that Jesus cares about having the Ten Commandments in every school and courthouse in the country, especially when they are a) the wrong ones - The Jews, Catholics and Protestants can't even agree on what the commandments are so which is used, the version Jesus would recognize or one of the Christian versions ? and b) Most of the ten commandments are not obeyed by Christians anyway - One God ? Not according to the Father/Son/Holy Ghost thing, No Idolatry ? So get rid of those statues of Jesus and Mary that Christians pray to, No Killing ? So get rid of the Death Penalty, No Work on the Sabbath... which is SATURDAY and which should include not making anyone else work then, either... no electricity generated, no shops open, no amusement parks, and, best of all, Do Not 'Covet'... Heck, the American Way is all about covetting your neighbor's possessions and getting something better than he has.
I am not knocking Christianity or Christians, but I have lived in a number of towns in Southern California that all have big illuminated crosses on hilltops. This sounds trivial, I am sure, but there have been many times when Jewish children were forcibly baptised by Christians and kidnapped. When the parents complained, the court agreed that it was wrong, but said that nothing could be done since the child was now Christian and couldn't be allowed to live with Jews. My great-grandfather's brother was forced to join the Russian Army and remain enrolled until he converted to Christianity. He never did and retired poor and unmarried after 40 years.
The cross is a symbol of death and injustice to most people who are not Christian. Even among Christians, the lesson of the Crusades, the Reformation and Ireland are surely that there are many ways to find the right path but that killing people that disagree with you is not one of them. Heck, more Christians have been killed by other Christians than by anyone else ! There aren't many religions that can make that boast.
So please accept my apologies for ramming my opinion down your throats and let me revise my original comment...
Have a wonderful holiday season and may you and all those that you care about have comfort, security and pleasure throughout the next year.