The other day at work our associate doc, who happens to be Jewish, told us about an unpleasant exchange on FB. Apparently, a person posted a rather inflammatory bit about how she has a CHRISTMAS TREE not a holiday tree, and will be eating a CHRISTMAS DINNER, not a holiday dinner and...well, you get the idea. Our doc posted back something to this effect: "Just playing devil's advocate here but imagine if every time you were at the store someone wished you a Happy Hanukkah - for an entire month. Would you wish them the same back? Tell them you don't celebrate? Or say nothing and walk away? Just think about that for a minute and know that's how many Jewish people feel during the holiday season."
Another pleasant person responded with this (my comments are in purple and no I did not actually reply): "Christmas is the national holiday to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in the United States of America. The Christian religion that the United States was found (sic) on . Actually, the United States of America was founded by people who wanted to live where they could practice their faith freely without persecution. Muslims can go home if they don't like it here. Really? And does the same hold true for Christians who live in predominantly Muslim countries? Where should they go I wonder? What if they were born here? Where would home be then? (USA seems to be the only country forced to accept other people's religion Forced? I don't think so. But accept, yes, because this country was founded on the idea of religious freedom - for all. when they come to our country instead of them either adopting ours Does that mean that everyone who comes here to live has to sign up for Christianity? I am unfamiliar with that rule. or honoring their own religion in their own way.) I assume this means quietly so that no one else will see them or be disturbed by them.
There was more, but I think the above suffices to illustrate my point.
Because until our doc brought this up, it never occurred to me to think about this at all. But that's because I am not overtly religious. I am, however, interested in being respectful of other people and their beliefs. As a writer I need to be able see things - and thus write about them - from a perspective that isn't necessarily my own. And I am so glad our doc brought this subject up because if no one ever tells you what the view is like from their side of the mountain, how will you ever know?