J. Ross Greer: Offensiv | Local columnist
I wonder why no one has suggested that the star and cross that shine from White Oak (Ringgold) Mountain at Christmas and Easter be removed. We all know that they are symbols of the birth and death of Christ, and not everyone shares that conviction.
Remember, we must be careful not to offend anyone.
According to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union or All Christian Language Unwanted), we cannot post the Ten Commandments in a public building. They might be a
historical document and the foundation of our legal system, but they do not represent the beliefs of all.
Or so they say.
Some areas have banned manger scenes in public places. What could possibly be harmful about a manger, a few animals, and some people standing outside in the freezing cold to portray their reason for the season?
Then again, in order to be politically correct, we are to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
If we are going to be completely non-offensive, why do we not use a generic greeting all year long? Why do we even say “Happy New Year?”
“Happy Holidays” could cover them all.
Our President, whom I heartily support, wants us to believe that all religions (including Islam) worship the same God.
While that might be what his speech writers think he should say, nothing could be further from the truth.
Have we forgotten that this nation has always been unique because of its diversity? That means that we have always had a variety of opinions, but have never sought to squelch someone’s view unless it was harmful to another.
I guess we should have no winners in any of our sporting events because we might damage the psyche of the defeated opponent or their fans. I also imagine that there should be no victors in court cases, for it would not be fair to rule in favor of one over another.
Can you imagine how ludicrous all of this could be?
Where are we headed in this lust for political correctness?
When will we awaken to the fact that being and thinking the same is not what has made us a great country?
Having the freedom to share our differing opinions is what has made us the United States of America. If you want sameness, resurrect the old Soviet Union or Nazi Germany.
Then again, there are a number of dictators around the globe who would be delighted for you to live under their “my way or the highway” leadership.
If we are not careful in our effort to be inclusive we will lose our rights to be individuals. That, my fellow Americans, would be the most offensive outcome of all.Please forward comments to J. Ross Greer by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (706) 375-8537.