By Graham DeShazer | News Editor
For the past several years, many Christians have become concerned that their religious freedoms have been trampled on by others, including their right to celebrate Christmas. A “War on Christmas” has been proclaimed by many Christians who are worried about their faith.
While this may be a bit overblown, they do have a point. We live in a society that can be offended too easily without proper cause, especially when it comes to religion.
There’s no mistaking that everyone has the right to express their religious preferences in any way they seem fit, even if they don’t have any, as long as it doesn’t harm others.
However, many Americans have developed a trigger-happy reflex when it comes to the holidays, namely Christian ones.
Many people have become very quick to judge anyone who expresses their holiday of choice in a public fashion. Many secular Americans have pushed to get rid of public displays of religion altogether so they don’t “offend” anyone.
Putting a Christmas tree up in a public park or shopping mall isn’t offensive, nor is it offensive to put a menorah, or a star and crescent or nothing at all. It is simply an expression of faith around the holidays.
Nowadays, many Americans seem to equate simply being religious people with being offensive, when it is really the nonreligious, who, in many cases, have become aggressive.
While the vast majority of secular Americans, along with most other religious organizations, are not interested in harassment, many groups have decided to confront religious people and disrespect their beliefs.
The truth is, people should try harder to mind their own business. While this may sound passive, if something doesn’t harm someone there is no need to let it get to them.
All that getting hostile towards others for celebrating their faith does is ignite a fire, and a fire, certainly, isn’t what we need right now. We have so many issues to discuss that are more important, like foregin policy, social justice and the economy.
The only seemingly logical reason why people try to get in fights with religious Americans about their faith is that maybe they are trying to get them to change their beliefs.
However, this is all in vain. Consider this: If religious people hold on so tight to their convictions as to defend them consistently, there is a good chance they aren’t willing to change them because a random stranger tells them to.