keen jason matthew (jkeen@HUBCAP.CLEMSON.EDU)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 11:35:17 -0500
Boy did my comment provoke a discussion. i decided that it was my
comment that started it all I ought to explain.
Politeness and respect of others is extremely important. I
thoroughly respect the jewish religion etc. My problem is less one of
whether or not to be polite as the idea of PC in the respect that it can
carry it to the extreme. I think a Murphy Brown show showed best the
extreme it's been carried to. The show had a live audience talk-show like
scene. A discussion of PC came up. People of the same groups started
arguing about which terms offended them. Some preferred Black some
preferred African-american. Each considered the other term offensive.
this was done for most ethnic groups and religions. The point has been
showed hear to. some jews have said they prefer gentiles to say Happy
Hanukah, and some have said they prefered Merry christmas. PC is a
philosophy which has no good definition. Why? Because people have become
to up tight. If I don't know someone is Jewish and i wish them a Merry
Christmas, I hope they will take it in the spirit it was given -- well
wishing. If they tell me they are Jewish, i will of course make certain i
didn't offend them.
I must ask--Why should someone be offended by a spirit of well
wishing? Why must everything be taken as a personal assault. What do we
say when giving gifts, It's the thought that counts. I present to you
that saying Merry Christmas is a gift of one's heart giving offering a
spirit of love.
I now present to you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, and
a Happy New Year. May you feel a spirit of love and joy over this season.
May the great Scoutmaster of all scouts keep you all safe until I write
To all you who rejoice at the birth of Christ with me: "But the
angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior
has been born to you; he is Messiah the Lord. This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger.' Suddenly
a great company of the Heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising
God and saying, 'glory to God in the highest, and on eart peace to men on
whom his favor rests.' When the angels had left them and gone into
heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'let's go to Bethlehem and see
this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they
hurried off and found Mary and joseph and the baby, who was lying in a
manger." -- Luke 2:10-16
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City