Friday, November 14, 2008

Freedom is for ME, not YOU

click to enlargeHave you heard of The Liberty Counsel? They claim to be working toward religious freedom. One of the things they mean by religious freedom is forcing all retail store owners and employees to wish everyone "Merry Christmas," both verbally and on signage, regardless of the business owner or employee's own particular personal religious beliefs. They are the ones who maintain the "Naughty and Nice List," (called the Friend or Foe Campaign) the naughty ones being the ones who use more generic terms like "Holiday" in order not to offend persons who have used the religious freedoms we are guaranteed in this country to choose NOT to be Christians. If anything in the world proves that Christmas is now just about shopping, it's that very campaign of people like the Liberty Counsel. They are targeting primarily retail stores. That's not their graphic on the upper right, just someone trying to show how they think their freedom is being taken away when people choose to use an inoffensive, respectful, generic greeting instead of their preferred one that incorporates their religion. I turned it around backwards below.


Of course, they are up in arms about the Humanist organization that has posted billboards and bus art that says "Why believe in a god? Just be good, for goodness' sake."

The mis-named Liberty Counsel are also working against enactment of hate crimes legislation that includes crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Yeah, just feel the love. Are you feelin' it?

5 comments:

Ptelea said...

In my area, there are going to be billboards that say "Don't believe in God? You're not alone" I say right on! I have lost all sympathy for Christians even if my opinion is based on the actions of a few. I guess you could say, "I've had enough!" And don't get me started on the evils of secular humanists :)

Nava said...

Oh yeah, love is all over. From Prop 8 that's sadly passed in California, to this, and much more.

Is it still Ok to wish Happy Monday?

Blueberry said...

Happy Monday would be an inappropriate greeting if Christmas Day or even Christmas Eve happened to fall on a Monday.

;-)

But I think it's always OK to say "May you be touched by his noodley appendages"

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm pretty sure that's not love I'm feeling.

Nava said...

Oh, Sister Angel Hair of the Pastafarian persuasion, that goes without sayin'.