Look at it like this---if your birthday represented say 70%-80% of the people that lived in the USA--then retailers--if they wish to make money that is--should be paying attention to the market and its wishes.
In that situation I predict that your birthday would suddenly become a MAJOR event with anyone whom wanted to make any money.
Meta: It sounds to me as if you are saying "Since one group hold a certain view, then majority's voice should be the predominant one allowable.
Is what you are trying to say?
Or something else?
Like I said, I'm not really a practicing Christain---but looking at things from their side of it--I can see why they are angered.
Meta: How do you mean?
In what way, specifically, do you empathize with their position? And to clarify, which position?
Taken individually they seem small events--taken togather its argueable that a disquiteing patten exists.
Meta: What sort of pattern are you referring to?
You have folks running around trying to get pictures of crosses removed from the City Seal of Los Cruces for cats sake.
Only been there for 100+ years
Meta: And why not? If suddenly the city decided to place a big Buddha on the seal would you have issue?
Specifically, what does length of time factor into it?
Does that, in your view, make something more or less valid?
If so, I would argue that other countries who's' "traditions" go back thousands of years have done such actions, and yet America has only 200+ years of "official" existence.
Folks that get on TV to object to the use of roadside crosses--placed there by family and friends of dead LEO's as a memorial to where they fell.
And the friends/family of victems of car wrecks as well.
Meta: We have cemeteries for a reason.
Setting up memorials on the road to mark the death spot of a person should be done with non-denominational objects, If at all.
People changing very old traditonal songs to remove mentions of "god" or "holy" for school "holiday" events.
Meta: I agree, they should be removed from Government sponsored events and public schools. In the private sector, have at it! Scream about Jebus and God all you like.
How would you feel if you had to listen to references to other religions for 30 + days out of the year, and it was condoned and or otherwise sponsored by the Government?
That is exactly what is happening.
Lawsuits being filed to stop people from using PUBLIC lands for nativity tabula.
Meta: Rightly so. Like I said, I have no issue with anyone who wants do "whatever" on private property. Just don't use my tax dollars to promote a particular faith.
Carvings of Jesus being dunked into a jar of urine as taxpayer funded "artwork."
Meta: Interesting. More info please? If that statement is true, that is quite heinous.
The oddity of an "outraged" media releasing an inaccurate report that copies of the Koran had been desicrated in Git-mo thereby touching off riots that resulted in folks being killed.
Meta: Or is that what the "media" or "others" want you to believe?
Strangly their "outrage" was nowhere to be found with the "art work" of Piss Christ--detailed above.
Meta: I'd like to see that.
The lesson I learned from the media's handleing of both stories was that the media views the slighest precieved or real affront to relgion is an abomnation that must be confronted and denounced at every possible turn.
Meta: So...You're saying that the media is protecting Christianity?...That's what you wrote..was it a typo?
Unless of course the affront is to Christains and their faith---those folks can be attacked and reviled with impunity.
Meta: Sorry, I lost you there..
Its against this backdrop that you throw in business that set up a calculated, delibrate policy NOT to use the term "merry christmas" for a greeting.
No doubt that "tolerance" was the claimed motive.
Meta: I do apologize, but again, I can't seem to understand what point you were trying to make here.
It is as if you became a bit derailed.
And as the christian set quite rightly asks--
"Where is the "tolerence" for OUR beliefs and faith??"
Meta: The "Tolerance" as you put it, is the simple right to exist, something which is not available as a "right" in most countries of the world. Tolerance means, I tolerate you, give you equal time for expression, and allow you to thrive and worship as you see fit under the law.
What it does NOT entitle one to do, is encroach upon the rights of others by displaying or propagating, or otherwise functioning using public funds, land or other property, under the promotion or of support of the United States Government.
Public entities can do whatever they wish as long as it does not break the law.
My bottom line:
Religion needs to stay in it's own playground, and stop it's attempts at inserting itself into secular activities.
To truly promote "Tolerance" for all faiths, this separation is vital, and intrinsic to the foundation of this Government.