I know this is a little late, but I wanted to let it percolate before commenting. I’m sure you saw these signs all over the web and TV for about 15 minutes last week:
The “movement” (was it a march, or a protest, or a…?) was a bit of a dud as even people who might sympathize with the sentiment behind the movement were put off by the artless and, frankly, stupid way in which it was presented. It feels like punching a 90% straw man to take issue with this…whatever it was…so let’s broaden the scope a little. There are a disturbing number of white people who believe that, if other races get the same rights that they have, then that’s discrimination against whites. There are whites who feel they are the most-discriminated against group in the U.S. of A. I don’t think any of this is news. There are also people who believe that, by including other holidays in your seasonal well-wishing, you are waging a war against Christmas. There are people who believe that allowing some people to marry devalues their own marriage. There are people who claim that giving amnesty to illegal aliens is a slap in the face to people who went through the proper channels.
If what you have is devalued or threatened by someone else getting it, you’re not talking a “right”, you’re talking about a privilege. I get it. You only want it if they can’t have it. Once they have it, it’s not shiny and special anymore. It’s fun to feel special. But please, be aware of the fact that what you’re complaining about has literally nothing to do with you. If Bob and Doug get married, that doesn’t impact your marriage in any way. You’re still married. Including other holidays doesn’t change denigrate Christmas, it just make other people feel less left out.
Personally, I’m not offended is someone says “Merry Christmas” to me. I am offended if someone says “Happy Holidays” and someone else responds with “Don’t you mean Merry Christmas?!?” (and yes, I have heard that). I’m not offended when someone is proud of the fact that they navigated the Byzantine U.S. Immigrations laws to become a lawful citizen, but I’m offended when they’re pissed that someone else didn’t have to work as hard as they did. Be happy for them. Why do you wish misery on someone else just because you had to do it? If the only way you can feel good about what you’re doing is to leave other people out of it, maybe it’s time to rethink your values, eh?