God and country

Why is pluralism so hard?
Christmas 2005 may be remembered as the year arguments were revived over whether in the public square one should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Target and Wal-Mart stores were boycotted by some evangelical Christians for their practice of referring to the “holiday.” Some Christians even criticized President and Laura Bush for sending out a greeting card that said “With best wishes for a holiday season of hope and happiness.” The card had no shepherds, angels, star or manger. And no Jesus. Some in the media charged that a “war on Christmas” was being prosecuted by secularists who want Christians to deny their faith.

Leonard Pitts observed in the Chicago Tribune that a deeper issue is involved: “An ever-more pluralistic society [is] struggling to balance the faith of the majority with the rights and feelings of the minority.” He asked: “Why is pluralism so hard for these people?”


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