‘Tis the Season to Breed Folly

“We’re not allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas’?”

“That’s right,” the store manager admonished his staff. “Inclusive greetings only.”

“But Christmas isn’t just a religious thing,” one employee challenged. “It’s cultural.”

“I’m Jewish,” said another. “Someone says ‘Merry Christmas,’ I say ‘Happy Hanukkah.’ What’s the big deal?”

“The company wants to avoid any appearance of discrimination,” replied the manager.

“By discriminating? Wouldn’t it be better to not acknowledge any holiday at all?”

“People, please,” the manager implored. “This is about tolerance. Respect. How can we maintain a free and peaceful society if we don’t regulate what people can and can’t say?”

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