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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Use of phrase ‘Holiday Decorations’ is really stupid

Dec 11, 2008 by

I just watched a Lowe’s commercial which used the phrase Holiday Decorations instead of Christmas Decorations. Many stores and business have started to use this politically correct phrase. My problem with this phrase is that it is not only stupid but inaccurate. I know that Hanukkah is an 8 day Jewish holiday that is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas. I also know that Kwanzaa is a week long holiday that is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st of every year. As far as I know there are no Muslim holidays that are celebrated during the same time frame as Christmas celebrations.

The holiday decorations that Lowe’s and other stores and businesses refer to are primarily Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas tree lights, Christmas wreathes, Christmas garlands and assorted other Christmas decorations. Note the use of the word Christmas to describe all of these decorations. None of these holiday decorations are used by Jews to celebrate Hanukkah, African-Americans to celebrate Kwanzaa, or Muslims to celebrate the New Year.

So let me make the outlandish suggestion that since none of these ‘Holiday Decorations’ are used to celebrate anything other than Christmas, they should  correctly be called ‘Christmas Decorations.’ I fail to see how anyone can be offended by calling something by its correct and proper name. The use of the phrase ‘Holiday Decorations’ is neither offensive to anyone nor politically incorrect. It is just plain stupid.

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Happy fill in the blank!

Dec 23, 2007 by

PCI received an email from Tivo wishing me the most politically correct holiday of the season. Notice in the picture which greeting was the default one. I especially like the one about the ‘warm winter solstice.’ Is that the same as wishing you a global warming? I still don’t think they have covered all the bases however. There have to be some other groups out there which are not covered. That is why I think the new politically correct season greeting should be ‘Happy Whatever.’ Or what about ‘Happy whatever floats your boat.’ Anyway I hope you and yours have a Happy ______________________!

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