As Thanksgiving and the “Holiday Season” approach I am constantly astounded that America is nearly the only country in the world that bans religious icons and activities ostensibly in the name of religious freedom. It is also the only country where its own students know more about another country’s minor holiday(Cinco de Mayo) and a recently invented originally anti-Christian, or at least anti-Christmas holiday(Kwanza), than they do about the Fourth of July, the day that celebrates their country’s birth.
At many schools Columbus Day, has become a victim of political correctness and if not revisionist history at least selective history, and is being replaced by the more politically correct “fall break.” while Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are now lumped together on a date that no one remembers or celebrates other than federal employees and postal workers. Dr. Seuss however enjoys nationwide celebration and exposure in our schools on his birthday.
Can Thanksgiving survive? A holiday that according to some, (generally humorless and joyless college professors and their acolytes) in an insensitive manner, robs food from the mouths of the needy and glorifies human consumption and over-eating in the face of global starvation. While at the same time celebrating the suppression. repression and annihilation of native peoples be far behind in the death march of politically incorrect holidays?
Christmas ( Holiday Season) is already damaged by both politics and consumerism and after Thanksgiving is gone(or perhaps renamed International Hunger Alertness Committee Day) look to the National Anthem and the 4th of July as the next probable victims, both of which according to the politically correct suffer a double whammy in that they “Glorify War” and are not global in nature.
I am reminded of the old saw that it is, “possible to be so open-minded that your brain falls out.”
©2011 Richard Safris