Regarding the whole controversy about use of the word "Christmas" you
mentioned in the letter that arrived today; I think the whole damn
country is missing the point, which is as follows. When I was
growing up in Singapore, the population included large groups of
Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and many other religions.
Each time one of the major religions had a holiday, festival or
important religious observance, it was a national holiday for
everyone, and the whole populace got the day off. On a Buddhist
holiday, the Buddhists did their thing, and if you had Buddhist
friends, you participated as much as their religion would allow
(which usually meant visiting as many of them as possible in order to
devour large quantities of their holiday food!) and generally
celebrating with them. Two weeks later, there was a Hindu day, and
everybody took the day off out of respect for their Hindu peers.
More food! And so on. In other words, Christians in this country
should be more aware of, and look forward to, the celebration of
Hannukah, Ramadan etc. with their friends of different faiths.
Everybody should be happy to say "Merry Christmas", but only if they
can be equally happy and willing to say "Happy Hannukah" or "Happy
Kwanzaa" or whatever. What's wrong with that?
Of course, the prerequisite to this attitude is for Christians to
stop thinking of their way as the only "right" way. What a concept!
And probably not likely to happen soon.
End of sermon!