Post # 107
I personally do not find that offensive… But, I do not think work is the place for that. I feel this way about politics as well. I dislike bumper stickers that tell the world your religious, political, or lifestyle views. I don’t care where your kid goes to school, how many dogs you have, etc…
Sometimes, I get a little tired of always feeling I have to walk on eggshells about my beliefs, though. I do not care to change others minds, but I am proud of who I am. I am not going to feel bad about saying something like “thank God” or when someone is having a hard time saying I will say a prayer for them. I don’t get angry or offended when people don’t share my beliefs, and I would like the same courtesy.
There is no reason for us to intentionally shove what we think down each others throats, though. It may end up getting taken down, though.
Post # 108
@MrsGatito: I can ignore it, sure, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother me.
If I posted atheist stuff all over the walls, or ‘christmas was originally a pagan holiday’ then they’d be taken down in a minute. But I’d never do that, and I don’t want whoever put them up to think that they can do something the rest of us would never want, need or be allowed to do.
Post # 109
@ZebraPrintMe: Ugh that is so innappropriate, this coming from someone who celebrates Christmas for the religious aspect (grew up doing so, although I’m probably more agnostic now…whatever).
My company is a global company and we have people from all over the world here. Why do you want to make someone feel like they are WRONG for putting up a tree and giving their kids presents just because they don’t believe in God/Christ/whomever?
I don’t care if religious stuff is posted at work, for example a flyer for a church play or something, not one pointing the finger and saying “YOU are WRONG!” yuck…
Post # 110
@ZebraPrintMe: a few weeks ago sarah palin said people were stealing the christ out of christmas. that’s where they got it from.
it was on one of the morning shows.
Post # 111
@ZebraPrintMe: At this point, why don’t you start taking them down yourself? Is there an HR person where you work? They should be ALL over this. It’s 100% inappropriate. You could cover them with signs that say, “Merry X-mas Everyone!” This person is acting like your office is in a war against Christianity or some shit, which is completely ridiculous.
As for what to say to people around the holidays, I try to be PC sometimes, but mostly I say, “Merry Christmas” because I don’t give a shit if someone else celebrates it or not. I do, and so I will wish the happiness that it brings me on other people. If someone says, “Happy Hanukkah,” I’m not going to flip my lid. I’m going to assume they mean the same thing as me.
Post # 112
@MissCountryGirl727: Yep, they actually say the prayer and cross themselves as Catholics do. I wouldn’t totally understand them just being quiet and not harping on it. I was agnostic for some time. It wasn’t something I wanted to tell everyone.
Post # 113
@AB Bride: I don’t have an issue with celebrating Jesus’ birth. In fact Christians could celebrate (or think on) his birth, his death and resurrection everyday. Celebrating it exclusively at the same time and the same way as a pagan celebration isn’t about Christ. In fact in the bible (e.g. Numbers, Deuteronomy) pagan gods and rituals were destroyed and wiped out. In Deuteronomy it says not to worship God the way the pagans do. Christians are to worship in Spirit and in truth. Christ’s actual birthday wasn’t on that date anyway, the date has a much more sinister significance. But I digress. The point was that Christmas isn’t truly about Christ anyway, so the posters were inappropriate in more ways than one. I understand why some Christians celebrate Christmas though. I know some who do and they hate the santa aspect of things as that’s not Christian. Christians though need to remember the Lord daily, until he returns, not more in one (pagan) day than others. I hope my reply doesn’t come off stronger than I intend. 🙂
Post # 114
@Demi-chan: Thank you! This is why, as a Christian, I do not celebrate Christmas nor Easter (and many Christians I know do not either). Also, I just wanted to clarify that Christians (as a whole) didn’t hijack these holidays it was the Roman Catholic church, that wanted to paganise Christianity (no offense to the catholics but this is something their church did and it’s a historical fact). Christianity is not pagan. Christ has nothing to do with Christmas nor Easter, like you said.
Post # 115
@OnceUponATime: Oh! Well then, yeah, I totally understand…I would find that offensive also.
Post # 116
I’d just take them down.
Or put up so many new, random signs that they make a new office rule, “no signs in the break room.”
I mean, “to each his own” so why don’t you put up your own signs?