Well, the holidays survived yet another "war on Christmas" and no lives seemed to be lost or adversely effected by people saying "happy holidays" or other secular greetings instead of "Merry Christmas," but up in Tallahassee the fight may carry on. In a last minute volley, state Senator Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, filed a resolution that would make "Merry Christmas" the official holiday greeting of Florida.
Siplin filed the resolution last week while the legislature was in a lame duck session. Here's the full text:
A resolution recognizing "Merry Christmas" as the State of Florida's official greeting for December 25.
WHEREAS, Christmas, a holiday of great significance to most Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world, and
WHEREAS, on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and
WHEREAS, popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, the exchange of greeting cards, a special meal, church celebrations, and the display of Christmas trees, lights, and nativity scenes, and
WHEREAS, many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world celebrate Christmas as a time to cherish and serve others, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: That "Merry Christmas" is recognized as the State of Florida's official greeting for December 25.
Interesting how the language acknowledges that Christmas for many people now a day has little to do with the Christ child, but still makes reference to Jesus. Siplin doesn't seem to be too worried about the whole "separation of church and sate thing."
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The resolution is non-binding, so no one would be punished for not saying "Merry Christmas," and Government workers who wish to use the phrase now are not prohibited from doing so. In other words, it's kind of a dumb waste of political time.