If we lived in a dictatorship, we would have a lot more kooky resolutions like this one.
Mormon Utah Senator Chris Buttars (R-West Jordan) wants to pass a resolution mandating that Utah businesses wish their customers “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays,” “Season’s Greetings,” or, I’m assuming by extension “Happy Hanukkah” or “Eid Mubarak.”
From the Deseret News:
Buttars, who has taken on a number of controversial issues in the Legislature over the years including teaching creationism in public schools, said the majority of Americans celebrate Christmas as a Christian holiday because the United States is a Christian nation.
“We started that way and we still are,” the senator said.
He said although the language of the resolution has not yet been drafted, he wants to leave it up to retailers how they express their support for Christmas, whether in advertising, store decorations or employee greetings.
There’s a lot of material here for comment, but most of my comments are probably pretty obvious. Like, where is it written that we are a Christian nation? Many of the founding fathers weren’t even Christian, for chrissake.
And creationism? Well, that speaks volumes in and of itself.
Mandating private business to express support for a certain holiday, which Buttars himself describes as ‘Christian’? Wow, that sounds problematic. Of course, this is a resolution, not a law, but really?
On Dec.2 my man Keith Olbermann named Chris Buttars ‘Worst Person in the World.’ You call it like you see it, Keith.