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Letter to the editor: Religion and holidays

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017 05:01 am
During the Christmas season there are those who work to ensure there are no religious symbols on any property owned by governmental agencies. Many are reluctant to wish others, “Merry Christmas” because it may offend. This past week I found myself thinking that those who object to holidays with religious significance have much more to object to. For example, Valentine’s Day is more correctly Saint Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine was the early Christian who sent little notes of encouragement to fellow Christians who about to be murdered by the Romans.

Are there Valentine’s Day hearts in our public places when that holiday comes around?

Then there is Saint Patrick’s Day. Do schools and public spaces display shamrocks during? Easter is the most significant holiday in the Christian tradition. Eggs represent new life. Are there pictures of eggs in schools and other public places?

How about Halloween, which is the day before All Saints’ Day? “All Hallows Evening” had very religious significance in the Christian tradition. Thanksgiving is another holiday that has religious significance. Who do you think the Puritans were giving thanks to?

This concept really shouldn’t be limited to Christian faiths. Trees were decorated and worshiped by Teutonic tribes. Should decorated trees be banned from public spaces? Stop and think of what the star on top symbolizes. Perhaps we shouldn’t have secret Santa gifts at governmental office parties. Gifts are what the Three Kings brought to Bethlehem. In more modern times the gifts are brought by Santa Claus. That would be an abbreviation of “Saint Nicholas.” Even the word holiday began as “Holy Day.” I guess that leaves us with the 4th of July and a couple of others that shouldn’t offend anyone.

Anthony W. Gensic

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