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No offense

Why so touchy?

By Brenda Looper

This article was published October 18, 2017 at 3:01 a.m.

There is much in this world with which someone could take offense, such as sexual assault and abuse, war crimes, political officials abusing trust, and many other horrible things. But what do we do? We have hissy fits over kneeling for the national anthem. That's hardly world-shattering as either a protest (which is how it's intended) or insult.

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23cal says... October 18, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

Another Bingo! for Brenda. Good article.
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It does get a bit tiresome putting up with the enraged demographic which is unable to differentiate between "War on Christmas" and "Sharing the month of December". You know, the people who cannot grasp that "Happy Holidays" INCLUDES Christmas because even though they know Christmas is a holiday, too, they seem unable to count to two.
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Christians who get upset over "Happy Holidays" aren't seeking tolerance or respect, they are seeking privilege and status. They want others to make them feel better about themselves by treating Christianity as special and more important than other religions.
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Some are turning the phrase "Merry Christmas" into a fetish, something done for its own sake instead of using it as a sincere greeting. It's an aggressive statement about one's own identity that is thrown in the face of others as a challenge or even an insult. It's not about defending religious meaning in Christmas, but defending a religious identity and a set of traditional privileges.
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We've reached the point where the traditionally empowered majority wants to stake its claim to a piece of victimhood pie as well. The "War on Christmas" has never been about religious freedom, individual rights, or even the supposed scourge of political correctness. Rather, it's just an attempt to get attention, jockey for victimhood, and make sure that other groups aren't passing yours by. The ability to celebrate as you and your loved ones wish to celebrate has never been at issue.

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TimberTopper says... October 18, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.

Very enjoyable read, Brenda.

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3WorldState1 says... October 18, 2017 at 9:58 a.m.

Zactly.

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JakeTidmore says... October 18, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

There are kind-hearted Christians and there are christo-fascists. Guess which group harps on the so-called "War on Xmas"????

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Delta123 says... October 18, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

What mature, thoughtful people do when confronted with other opinions is listen politely and calmly give their perspective. What they don't do is yell, throw punches and call the other people every name in the book because they don't agree.

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Slak says... October 18, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.

Reading Ms Two Shoes comment on saying, "Merry Christmas", I now feel like if I say it to a stranger I will be an offending barbarian.
Spirit dampened.
Mission accomplished.

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mozarky2 says... October 18, 2017 at 11:46 a.m.

"What mature, thoughtful people do when confronted with other opinions is listen politely and calmly give their perspective. What they don't do is yell, throw punches and call the other people every name in the book because they don't agree. Wait ... did I just describe a family reunion"?
No, Brenda, you just described a college campus.

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WhododueDiligence says... October 18, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

Speaking of family reunions, this year's hostile rumblings could provoke war on Thanksgiving.

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JakeTidmore says... October 18, 2017 at 12:20 p.m.

Oh slak is doing his poor baby whine. "...I will be an offending barbarian." If you're not worried about being an a$$hole, then maybe you just are an a$$hole.
The world will not come to an end if you say it and if you don't say it. If you at least try and be considerate when you do so maybe others will be considerate back to you.
Thanks Ms Looper for describing those Nazi rally issues that are bringing their ugliness into our lives. But, what else do you expect and get from Nazis and white supremacists and racists?
When these monsters show up with their cornucopia of hate and bigotry....it's time to defend yourself from these evildoers.

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Slak says... October 18, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.

LOL, Jake and his ILK think saying "Merry Christmas" makes you an A$$hole.
We already knew that...#waronchristmas

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