: On Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:20:37 -0000, John Turner put finger to
: and typed:
: >"Jerry" < wrote
: >> You're not offending me, just every non Christian in the UK,
: >Got some fish & chips from our local Paki chippie last night,
: >thinking as I left I said:
: >"Merry Christmas".
: >The proprietor just replied:
: >"Merry Christmas to you too".
: >Didn't appear to be offended.
: We went to a local Indian restaraunt for lunch on Christmas
Eve. As we
: were leaving, the proprietor wished us a happy Christmas.
Why would s/he be offended by wishing *you* a "Happy Christmas",
it would be like you wishing a Jew "Rosh Hashanah" on or around
the 19th Sept. - on the other hand, for example, should someone
offer their wishes for "Rosh Hashanah" to you just because they
think you 'look Jewish'...
: The people who are offended by a mention of Christmas seem to
me to be
: something of a myth.
Like many (but not all...) non Jews in Israel get used to the
mention of Rosh Hashanah, all it proves is how 'thick-skinned
some will become.
I've encountered plenty of people who believe in
: their existance and won't mention Christmas because they don't
: offend them, but I have never encountered anyone who actually
: to be offended by it themselves.
What does that prove, for all we know you could be a hermit Mark.
:o) The fact is, offering **specific** religious greetings to
someone who is not (or might not be) of the faith - especially
when there is a universal greeting that can be used instead - is
not only crass but shows up ones own ignorance! Of course if all
"Christmas" means to you is an excuse to spend money, eat, sleep,
drink and generally 'have a party'...