What is it about Christmas that is so offensive and scary? Society allows you to have whatever crazy idea or belief you want up until someone decides to be a Christian.
The Archdiocese of Washington just found out rather harshly that this discrimination extends even to it. It wanted to run an ad campaign called “Find the Perfect Gift” with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which is informally known as D.C. Metro. The ad campaign is an attempt to get people to focus on fewer material things this Christmas season.
The ad shows shepherds with their sheep and a starry night. Nothing overtly religious, like a cross or a manger scene, but nonetheless imagery associated with Christmas. D.C. Metro said this was too much and that it was seeking to promote a religion, which violated its ad policies.
The archdiocese has already filed suit against D.C. Metro. The secretary for communications for the archdiocese released this statement:
The rejected ad conveys a simple message of hope, and an invitation to participate in the Christmas season. Yet citing its guidelines, WMATA's legal counsel said the ad 'depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion.'
The archdiocese then got very pointed with its Christmas analogies:
To borrow from a favorite Christmas story, under WMATA's guidelines, if the ads are about packages, boxes or bags — if Christmas comes from a store — then it seems WMATA approves. But if Christmas means a little bit more, WMATA plays Grinch.
The meaning of Christmas is right there in the name. It's about Jesus Christ and the hope for humanity that he brought to be connected to their creator. It's become a shopping season, but it's about hope, love, and family.
Society is trying to eliminate the spiritual aspect of the holiday because society has turned so secular.
This is also one of the points that President Donald Trump campaigned heavily on. He promised that we will all be saying “merry Christmas” and not “happy holidays.”
He said in the speech:
"We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values. And something I said so much during the last two years, but I'll say it again: as we approach the end of the year, you know we're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore.
They don't use the word 'Christmas' because it's not politically correct.
Well, guess what? We're saying 'merry Christmas' again."
Part of making America great again is restoring the status of Christmas to that of prominence for what it really means.