The most powerful people in the United States are those that declare themselves to be offended; if they are of the liberal political persuasion, that is. In most cases, they will be granted immediate attention by the liberal media, and whatever offends them will be immediately banned. This is the end result of over two decades of political correctness.
The war on Christmas is a perfect example of the insidious nature of political correctness, and a perfect example of the lengths our entire society will go to coddle those that are the most emotionally fragile. If someone is so traumatized by Christmas that they demand those Christmas greetings and items must be banned, they are very much emotionally fragile.
This article from The Media Research Center provides an all too typical example of the war on Christmas. According to the article:
[I]n her first year at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Principal Jennifer Sinclair really pulled a Scrooge by sending out a memo to her staff letting them know she’d banned a whole list of Christmas-related items from the building this holiday season. The extensive list included religious-themed items like candy canes (offensive for being shaped like a “J” for “Jesus”), along with a slew of secular Christmas stuff like Santa, elves and even red and green craft projects.
If this was an isolated incident, claiming there is a war on Christmas would be an exaggeration. Sadly, this mass banning of all things Christmas happens several times a year on grade school and high school campuses. Colleges and universities have a worse track record when it comes to banning Christmas. Many businesses have also done the same. John Gibson wrote this book documenting the war on Christmas, back in 2005.
Over the past couple of decades, the mention of Christmas has been all but stripped from commercials and other forms of advertising. Very few clerks and other retail employees will wish you Merry Christmas. Perpetually offended practitioners of politically correctness bullied commercial establishments into using happy holidays instead.
Dennis Prager documents the war on Christmas in this excellent article from Townhall. Here is what he had to say about the progress of the war on Christmas:
[T]hese efforts have been extraordinarily successful. In place of the universal “merry Christmas” of my youth, in recent decades I have been wished “happy holidays” by virtually every waiter and waitress in virtually every restaurant I have dined; by virtually everyone who welcomes me at any business;by flight attendants and pilots; and by just about everyone else.
In the same article, Dennis Prager tells us what exactly is at the heart of this war on Christmas:
Of course there’s a war on Christmas — or, more precisely,a war on the religious nature of America. The left in America, like the left in Europe, wants to create a thoroughly secular society, not only a secular government — which is a desirable goal and which, in any event, has been the case in America — but a secular society.
I do take issue with his comment about secular government being desirable and what we have in this country, however the rest of the statement is right on point. A government that has no established religion and protects free exercise of religion for everyone is not secular, and it is the ideal that was established by our Constitution.
Every individual has a right to be offended by whatever offends them, however, no one has a right to ban words, phrases, objects, and practices that offend them. If you don’t want to say Merry Christmas, you have every right to not do so. Demanding that others not use Merry Christmas is very wrong.
The war on Christmas is just one example of how the perpetually offended have negatively transformed our society. Comedy is another example. I could imagine the uproar if Mel Brooks tried to do Blazing Saddles today. So many comedians have come out swinging against political correctness because of the negative impact it has had on their craft.
Conservative speakers are most unwelcome on college campuses. On the very rare occasion when one is announced the protests begin immediately, demanding those people with scary ideas not invade their precious safe spaces. If protests don’t work, riots and violence have been used in several incidents recently. Protesting is perfectly acceptable, for any reason, as long as it’s peaceable. Preventing others from speaking because you find what they say offensive is not acceptable. Ninety percent of colleges censor speech, with conservative ideals the most frequently banned.
Here is a list of other things that have recently come under fire by the perpetually offended: bacon and other meat related words, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and The Sound of Music.
Laughter and ridicule can be effective weapons when it comes to combating the perpetually offended. Standing up for free speech and free exercise of religion are by far the most effective weapons. Conservatives and libertarians have remained silent far too long, letting champions of political correctness run unopposed. We cannot remain silent any longer.