Your Voice: Say ‘Christmas’ loud and proud
by Earl Jess, Tracy
Dec 06, 2012 | 3697 views | 16 16 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Is your paper being so politically correct that it can’t even use the word Christmas for the tree-lighting and parade event Saturday, Dec. 1?

This is the Christmas season in celebration of the birth of Christ — and if that rankles the feathers of some Muslims, then so be it. This is our country, and it was founded on Christian beliefs, and we should never forget that.

Muslims may come to our country and practice their beliefs freely, but they don’t have the right to force their beliefs down our throats and force us to set aside our beliefs and customs.

It is idiotic that schools are being told they can’t sing carols in school, yet if you look at the façade of the Supreme Court building, at the very top is a carving of Moses holding the scroll of the 10 Commandments.

• Editor’s note: The city of Tracy called the downtown event on Saturday, Dec. 1, which included a tree lighting and a parade, the Hometown Holiday celebration.

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midwestgirl
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December 27, 2012
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.

-- James Baldwin

Ashes to ashes dust to dust is what you become even the good book tells us so.

You live, you pay taxes and die the 3 absolutes to life.
Rich33
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December 27, 2012
amen to that
Rich33
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December 26, 2012
Happy Holidays everyone. First of all no where in the bible does it say Jesus was born on Dec 25th. If i remember right in the bible it states that the shepherds were in the fields tending to their flock and were led by a star. I checked the weather in Bethlehem to day a high of 34 deg and a low of 32 deg. There is no way the shepherds would keep their flock out in this weather. The real reason for the season is the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice was celebrated by many beliefs before Christianity bulldozed there way in and took it over.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_sel.htm
LuckyInTracyNot
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December 13, 2012
Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
GunslingerA10
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December 13, 2012
Question: Whose birthday/ anniversary are more important?

A. Three year old African-America.

B. Twenty-five year old Indian.

C. Forty year old White Anglo Saxon Protestant.

D. None all have the same significance to each other

GunslingerA10
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December 13, 2012
Question: Which birthday/ anniversary are more important?

A. Three year old African-America Muslim.

B. Twenty-five year old Indian Hindu.

C. Forty year old White Anglo Saxon Protestant.

D. None all have the same significance to each other.

PublicCitizen
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December 13, 2012
Answer:

Who gives a s**t? It's Christmas.
LuckyInTracyNot
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December 13, 2012
Mr. Jess, I could not have said it any better. I also want to take time and thank the Tracy Press for printing Mr. Jess's letter. Christmas is a time for peace and joy, it is a Christian celebration and we must not forget that. Some people might say it's okay to let others have their ways not to celebrate it, that is their business, but it has gotten to the point where what they do not like in our Christmas they force it away from all of us, muslums can enjoy theirs and we can enjoy ours without setting anything aside. If you do not like us saying Merry Christams tough, just because there is one channel or paper saying Happy Holidays does not mean the millions of other of us Christians agree, get used to Merry Christmas, we were founded on Christians and we'll stay Christians. God Bless America. And Merry Christmas!
GunslingerA10
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December 13, 2012
Let me first say, I have a diverse religious understanding of faith.

Secondly, I enjoy Christmas time of year immensely.

Saying Merry Christmas to non-Christians is not in bad taste nor is it offensive to do so, most folks are cognizant of the sprit this salutation is given in, which is to pass blessing onto one another.

The main point in question least we forget is that America is inclusive of all peoples and their beliefs, while many hail from parts unknown to you or I you can rest assured they wish to be part of the greater conception America instills in all of us.

Moreover, Muslims celebrate Ramadan during (Hijrah) different times in the Gregorian year other than December, which is the only time for Christmas, but Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Diwali do come around the same time frame. If only we could learn to get along more as an open community, rather than as a gated one that ostracizes people for their beliefs.

May God bestow all that is good upon all of us in the New Year!

newtotracy
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December 12, 2012
actually, this is the holiday season for nearly EVERY religion out there...hence the saying "happy holidays" which is actually more accurate in our global society than "merry Christmas."

I personally celebrate Christmas, but I prefer to say happy holidays to people who I am not familiar with...because everyone has their own beliefs and DESERVES to have and hold those beliefs. It's called courtesy and respect for others...a very Christian belief!

This country was founded to get away from religious persecution...you know, like blaming the Muslims for everything. ;-)

Did you know that Islam (what the Muslim's practice) holds Jesus and the Virgin Mary in the same light that Christianity does? Check it out...he was a messenger of God and believing in Jesus is required in Islam. Gee...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_Islam

I wish everyone a very happy holiday season...whatever beliefs you hold dear. To me, it's a time to be close to loved ones, to reflect on the year that has passed, look forward to the year ahead...oh and eat really great meals with those loved ones!
MikeJD
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December 13, 2012
Thank for your comment. But I would take exception on one point. Islam does not hold Jesus in the same light.

1) While Christianity asserts that Jesus is both human and divine, Islam does not accept the belief in Jesus' divinity. Hence, while Christians worship Jesus, Muslims instead revere Jesus and believe in him as a prophet, using the Qur'an (not the Bible) as a reliable record of knowledge about Jesus;

2) Although Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, Muslims assert that God does not give birth and therefore has no sons or children. God is not physical for Muslims; and hence for Muslims God cannot be a father.

3) On the one hand, Christianity declares that Jesus was crucified. On the other hand, Islam asserts that it only seemed like Jesus was crucified, and that God miraculously "took him up to God, Himself."

4) While Christianity asserts that Jesus died in order to redeem the original sin of mankind or human sins as a whole, Muslims do not believe in Jesus as a redeemer and saviour, since they do not believe in original sin and since they do believe God's grace, guidance and human effort are sufficient for redemption and salvation.
ertion
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December 12, 2012
Evidently, ignorance and bigotry is alive and well in Tracy.
briandub
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December 10, 2012
Happy festivas for the rest of us!
GunslingerA10
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December 08, 2012
Question: What say the First Amendment of your letter?

Also, I believe America was founded on the principle of freedom from religion.

Hope this helps you to keep the conversation going.

http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroling

Jazzgtr1943
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December 06, 2012
We need stay with the name Christmas Tree not a Holiday tree, this is the christmas season not the holiday season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time, no body else. We should not have to change anything to accomadate any other religions,we as christians must stand up for Jesus,we do not ask other religions to change anything about their beliefs at their religious times, if you come to America accept the the ways of your adopted country. Stand up for your rights as Christian Americans, before its too late
NurseJackie
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December 08, 2012
Merry Christmas, everyone!

For those who don't know the reason we celebrate Christmas, here's a quick, very informative read:

http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm


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