I am not going to get into the false or truthful philosophy but I have a few questions here about
society itself and how we intermingle as a multicultural group. Many as you know, know that
I am not afraid to criticize the Christian movement when they go too far but in this case I think
some understanding should come from the other side of the room.
For a hundred years we have had a Christmas concert, and that is what it was called. The fact
is the same message, is relayed by all the faiths, about peace love and compassion etc.
Its not like holding a Christmas concert is going to interfere with terrorist recruitment or anything.
Christians have been tolerant of other groups holding their parades, Muslims, Hindu's and even
the Santa Parade. We are constantly promoting understanding of each others beliefs and we go
to great lengths to do that with festivals and food and singing and dancing. So my question is, if
the western society is expected to be tolerant and understanding of other Canadians, when is it
the turn of the others? Or is it now a case of what we believe is OK and every thing else is of the
I don't go to church and I don't subscribe to any particular faith, but if we are expected to integrate
into a true Canadian Society, Christmas should remain Christmas and the Indo Canadians should
celebrate Diwali, and so on. If we tried to learn more about each others customs perhaps we
would get along better and we could build a national identity. Instead we try to break down the
celebrations by taking the name plates off. Try that with the Muslim Holy Day Celebrations, there
would be hell to pay. Incidentally, I have friends in the Indo Canadian Community and may of
them think we are nuts getting rid of the name Christmas. They celebrate along with us because
apparently they have more respect for our celebrations than we do, they don't want to change
the name of anything.
The micro managing of holidays and celebrations can stop anytime as far as I am concerned