Monday, December 10, 2012

Canadian government OKs "Merry Christmas"

Walt has reason to believe that the Honourable (?) Tony Clement, President of Canada's Treasury Board -- part of the financial apparatus of the federal cabinet -- has read and taken to heart "Learn this new Christmas song... and pass it along!", posted here November 29th.

Why do I think so? Well, the Supreme Pork Barreller has sent out a memo to all Canadian civil servants telling them it's OK to celebrate Christmas and Chanukah. The part about Chanukah was doubtless added in to please the boss, "Call me Steve" Harper, aka Israel's best friend. But still, Walt can only applaud Tip Tony's attempt to keep Canada from sliding further down the slippery slope of political correctness and offence avoidance.

Go ahead and tack those Christmas cards on your cubicle walls, he tells his staff. String up some Christmas lights and hang the tinsel. Put candles in your tiny Menorah [local, provincial and federal fire codes permitting] and make your office a place to celebrate the warmth of this special time. Let joy reign unconfined! And so on.

The reason for his memo, Mr. Clement explained, was that "there are those who would like to snuff out the holiday spirit in the name of political correctness or expediency.... [But] our government will not allow the Christmas spirit to be grinched!"

"Hurray for Tony!", shouted the majority of Canadians. But the feeling was not catholic. [He means "not universal". Ed.] About six nano-seconds after the minister's memo was made public, talk-show hotlines lit up like, errr, Christmas trees with calls from "progressive thinkers" and professional promoters of diversity who believe government workplaces should be secular. Or at least, not Christian.

What the atheists, secular humanists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Druids etc etc are really whining about is that their religious beliefs -- yes, atheism is a belief system -- are being made to take a back seat to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Our Saviour.

What they forget is that Canada -- and the USA and every other Western nation -- was founded on Judeo-Christian values, including peace on earth and goodwill to men. [Walt means "men" in the legal sense, including women and those who aren't sure.] Which is precisely why Muslim immigrants from places like Afghanistan and Iraq chose to come to the West, rather than, say, Saudi Arabia, where Muslims rule and Christianity is not tolerated.

Walt says, good on Tony Clement. And now that you know the Canadian government approves, go ahead and wish Merry Christmas to all!

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