Earlier this month, Charlene Storey, a city council member from Roselle Park New Jersey, resigned her post after the council voted to rename the city's Holiday Tree Lighting to the Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting.
Storey claimed that by adding the word Christmas to the title, the city was excluding non-Christians. You may also recall that earlier this holiday season, Starbucks got roasted for forgoing holiday symbols on their red coffee cups, opting to keep them plain this year as to not offend anyone and South Park Mall in Charlotte had to reverse course after first deciding to replace its traditional Christmas tree with ice glaciers.
All of this of course is just political correctness run amok. One of the very first decisions I made as General Manager of WTOC is whether our season's greetings to you would be a generic Happy Holidays or a more specific Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas or Happy Kwanza. I opted for the specific greetings, but would like to point out that "Happy Holidays" would, in fact, cover all of the aforementioned observances.
Consider this. We don't all believe in the same things. That's why religion is, and always will be, very personal and illicit strong emotional responses. So why don't we worry less about the lack of symbols on a coffee cup and concentrate on the one thing I think we can all agree on: the need for peace – in our own community, across our great country, and around the world.
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