Now wait a minute…
Sen. Chris Buttars wants Utah’s Legislature to declare its opposition to the “war on Christmas.”
The West Jordan Republican is sponsoring a resolution encouraging retailers to embrace Christmas in their promotions rather than the generic “holidays.”
“It would encourage the use of ‘Merry Christmas,'” Buttars said of the non-binding statement that is still being drafted. “I’m sick of the Christmas wars — we’re a Christian nation and ought to use the word.”
Now I could have sworn it was the Buttars’s side of the “culture wars” that was always complaining about being made to use certain words. Remember the evil “P.C.” police? Who (supposedly, but not really) take away your freedom to call a spade a spade by pointing out that it’s inconsiderate to call a Native American an Injun? Well apparently (at least in Buttars’s case) it’s not a question of being opposed in principle to regulating other people’s terminology.
Personally, I’m very happy to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I love celebrating Christmas myself. And yet I find myself agreeing with this Newbold guy (from the same article):
“We may be primarily Christian but that doesn’t mean that you force your language or beliefs on anybody,” Newbold added.