'Matter of Laugh or Death,' a humor column
By Bill Dunn
Interesting observations on this thing we call life
(appearing each week in the Republican-American newspaper, Waterbury, CT)
THE GRINCHES ARE AT IT AGAIN
It’s the first week of December. That can mean only one thing: the vast majority of our population is getting into the swing of the annual Christmas season, while a tiny fraction of our population is getting into the swing of the annual “Offended Fest” season.
Once again timid school boards and cowardly municipal governments are caving in to the demands of offended secularists—real or imagined—and hurriedly sanitizing December of any Christmas connotation whatsoever (including banning the mention of those key religious figures: Frosty and Rudolph).
There’s a terrific website, The Grinch List, that chronicles this absurdity. (Find it at GrinchList.com.) Some examples:
Ah ha, so that’s the problem. Government officials and school board members are afraid of ACLU lawsuits. What a crock of figgy pudding (whatever that is).
I’m at a loss to figure out how the First Amendment clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” can be invoked when, for example, a sixth grade chorus sings “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Is a sixth grade chorus identical to the U.S. Congress? (Well, emotionally they are. No, that’s not fair—to the sixth graders.) Is singing a Christmas carol identical to passing federal legislation?
On the other hand, I can find nowhere in the Constitution the clause, “All citizens have the right never to be offended.” If someone is truly offended by a rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” why doesn’t he or she just skip this year’s Christmas concert?
As columnist George Will notes, “Nowadays many people delight in being distressed. They cultivate exquisitely tender sensibilities and practice moral exhibitionism, waxing indignant about minor encounters with thoughts and symbols they dislike.”
If all it takes is one offended person to ban something, then just about everything in our society would be declared illegal. I’ll gladly volunteer to be the person who is deeply offended by every single action of the A.C.L.U.
Why is our society being forced to bow at the altar of Political Correctness? (Hey, that’s a religious practice! I’m offended!!)
This year I’m going to follow the advice on the homepage of GrinchList.com: “Merry Christmas. Believe it. Say it.”
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