Monday, November 27, 2006

I Guess I Just Don't Get It

I read an article on the homepage of my web browser that says " A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story". HUH??? It seems that there was a Christmas Festival going on in downtown Chicago sponsored by a group called German Christkindlmarket. Part of the festival was that a movie studio, New Line Cinema. was going to sponsor the festival and show a film called "The Nativity Story" as part of the festival. From what I understand, the city is concerned that ads from the film will offend "non Christians". Heeeelllllloooooo!!! Isn't it a Christmas Festival already? Why would an ad for a film possibly offend anyone more than the festival itself? Furthermore, it's already on city property. From what the article says, there is already a Nativity Scene in Daly Plaza too, although there are items representing other religions there. I just don't get it. I don't get why anyone would be offended by an act of portraying ones belief. Maybe it's just me. Or is there that many people out there that are offended by any depiction of ones religion other than there own? I'm not offended if I see someone else's religion being displayed. To me, I feel this is something that a few are exploiting for their own pleasure. I don't see the fact that viewing something is having that something forced upon you. You're free to look the other way. I do know that at Christmas it may be difficult to get away from the carols being played at Malls and such. But, it seems to me that we are becoming an intolerant society. I'm not saying that being unfair to others should be tolerated, but is the viewing of a particular religions belief really unfair? I guess the bottom line for me is this, if they stop the Christmas displays, what will be next? Will we be forced to keep our beliefs hidden in a dark dungeon? Like I said, maybe it's just me. Till next time BYE!!

5 comments:

HeatherinBeautifulBritishColumbia said...

Merry Christmas Mike! Who could that possibly offend? I'm with you - there's room for all religions and beliefs. Merry, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas - let's keep Christ in Christmas.

thepinkangel said...

I agree !! people have become way too sensitive. This includes everything, race, religion, sexual orientation. I just want to say...lighten up people...do you really take yourself that seriously? I'm irritated daily by something along these lines.

Dirk_Star said...

I need your help.

Please come quickly!

Mikala said...

I am going to admit, I have no problem seeing Kwanzaa or Hanukkah-related decorations, but I certainly do NOT expect anyone to limit what I do during Christmas.

Yeah, this is getting a little out of hand. I hate the whole, "it's a 'holiday' tree" - NO, really it's NOT! It's a CHRISTMAS tree. Do Jews have Hanukkah Trees? Do African Americans have Kwanzaa Trees? NOOOOO!!! Frickity Frickerstein!!! It's a Christmas Tree and I'll continue to call it that even if they outlaw the words.

And, I'm sorry, but of all movies that would offend, why would one simply stating history offend anyone? Isn't that what it is, history? Should we ignore history because it's Christian history? Ugh! I was always taught not to talk politics or religion between friends and/or family, but sometimes I get so angry I just burst!

Exhibit 1: above rant

Okay, before I have an aneurysm, Merry Christmas Mike!

jolie-jordan said...

live and let live is what I say.
This is America. We are supposed to have freedom to follow what we believe (all of us) so I try to honor what I believe and I am glad that other people can celebrate their special things and beliefs too. There will always be someone complaining about someone else's beliefs..when the laws change is when I worry.
Happy Holidays and for me Merry Christmas..
XXX Jolie