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So, uh, the President of TB…

… doesn’t have anything better to do than to declare war on Santa-haters?

Really, Uncle Tony? Really?

The Government of Canada has no guidelines that restrict federal employees from putting up Christmas or other holiday decorations in their workspace.

“There are those who would like to snuff out the holiday spirit in the name of political correctness or expediency,” said Minister Clement. “Our Government will not allow the Christmas spirit to be grinched.”

We Canucks are a pretty tolerant sort and even for those of us who don’t really care for Christmas and the like, the vast, vast majority are not going to rail on someone who wants to put up some tinsel, or hang a ball on their nameplate.

Is it really necessary for the GoC to issue a declaration in support of the holiday? Seriously? Surely this was done tongue-in-cheek.


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  1. Allan says:

    I believe you are over reacting somewhat John. What you have here is an internal note to government employees stating it is OK to decorate your office area. They issued a similar memo last year. Given the political correctness infecting every aspect of life these days it is reasonable to believe that questions were raised by staff.

    At the private company I retired from we were told decorations are OK but not use the word Christmas. In fact no company notice, newsletter or decoration contains the word Christmas as it may offend.

    Christmas is a Christian holiday and for all intents and purposes this is a Christian country. As a civilized country we have taken huge strides towards accommodating religious minorities. Accommodations that would never be allowed reciprocally. Tolerance is a two way street.

    1. Actually, atheists in this country get screwed over all the time in ways that wouldn’t be tolerated if it was done to Christians. I could expound on this, but unless you really want me to cite example and pad out this thread, I won’t.

      Technically, Canada isn’t just a Christian country, it’s an Anglican country – our head of state is the head of the Church of England.

      And as an atheist, I think people who stamp out Christmas displays are war-strength stupid. I’d love nothing more than to have Christmas return to being a Christmas celebration, in the style of the early 19th century.

      1. Allan says:

        How so? Just because one does not believe in Gods of any stripe does not mean you get screwed over during a celebration of same by others.
        Personally, do I believe in an all powerful being capable of causing a seed to grow or destroy a planet with the single wave of a finger? Ah, No. I do believe in the concepts of most religions. Helping each other when we can, live and let live to a degree, rule of law, that an individual can do and believe what they wish as long as it does not impinge upon another and there are more. Are these just religious concepts? No, most if not all one could recognize in any civilized country, Christian or otherwise.
        This country for all its faults is in so many uncountable ways a better place to live then, IMHO, any other place on the planet. Whatever your belief system!

        1. I did not say that because one does not believe in gods means you get screwed over during a celebration of the same.

          I said that atheists get screwed over in ways that would not be tolerated if done to Christians.

          For example, since you went there.

          I personally was forced to attend church services regularly in the 80’s and 90’s while in the employ of the Government of Canada. In the mid-80’s, I was even forced to perform altar duties at the church services despite openly being an atheist. If a Christian was forced to attend and serve at a Wiccan service, would that be tolerated?

          I was told that being an atheist would hinder my chances at promotion, while in the employ of the government of Canada. If your boss told you that being a Christian was likely to affect your career in this way, would that be tolerated?

          If, tomorrow, the legislatures of this country started opening sessions with prayers from the Satanic Bible, would Christians be offended?

          If your coworkers got mad at you and left the table because you quietly said grace at the table before lunch, would you consider that acceptable? Because I’ve had people get up and leave in a huff simply due to the fact that I did not speak some invocation prior to eating my lunch in the cafeteria at work.

          Don’t think for a second that Christians are somehow hard done by.

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