Is it OK to say Happy New Year?

Dec 31, 2008 by

With the current hysteria over political correctness I am almost hesitant to wish anyone a Happy New Year. Atheists are suing to have the phrase “so help me God” taken out of the oath of office for the President and to prevent an invocation by a minister. The same atheists and liberals are doing their best to include everyone in the holidays by excluding everyone. No more Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa, instead it is Happy Holidays. I wonder when the curmudgeons of the world will rise in protest over the use of the word Happy in Happy Holidays and Happy New Year?

It is probable that there are people in the world for whom the new year holds no meaning. As Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation so aptly put it.

We are subjected to someone else’s religious views with the endorsement of the government, which makes us feel like second class outsiders.

Gee, I would really hate to make someone feel like a second class outsider, so I am trying to find an inclusive, politically correct way to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Dammit, I can’t think of anything else so I am just going to go ahead and be an insensitive, offensive, politically incorrect jerk and just wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope I don’t get too many nasty comments from the curmudgeons and non New Year believers.

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