Talk:War on Christmas

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I think I don't understand the war on Christmas. "Holidays" literally means "holy days". Is there something wrong with acknowledging that other people are celebrating what they think are holy days? This has always confused me. Is there a way to better explain this in the article? LiamG 15:21, 25 November 2008 (EST)

Hi Liam, that's a valid question. The difficulty is that, like a door-to-door salesman with his foot in the door, it is not so simple to walk it back. Once we stop seeing Christmas as a celebration of the birth of our savior, we begin the process of eliminating Him from our conscience precisely at the time we are meant to reflect on his presence. Here's a little thought experiment. Imagine if tomorrow we began stopped calling chlorine, chlorine and instead called it "strawberry." Some people, not all, have fairly positive associations with the word strawberry, they like the flavor, the berries are cute, etc. I'm being a little silly here, but the truth of the matter is, some people might in error actually consume bleach. They might see the container sitting there and literally think it is full of strawberries and drink some. I think anyone can see the danger in that. Like changing the name of chlorine to strawberry, when we change the name of Christmas to Holiday, we deny people the inherent implication that the day belongs to Christ. And for some, not all, we have allowed them another opportunity not to come to God and find salvation. In the end, we may actually being damning people to hell. And if even one person is at risk for an eternity of torment, I think anyone can agree that we need to protect them from that possibility. Respectfully, BradJohnson 15:43, 25 November 2008 (EST)