Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Merry Christmas...Ho-Ho-Ho...Happy Hanukkah...Happy Ramadan

I love the United States. I love being an American, a Christian, a female, a meat-lover. I love being able to speak my mind, even if no else agrees.

There are many things I have come to value more over the years. At the top of the list are: God, family, and friends. These sources of support have carried me through many a sad or troubling moment, by easing my worries, providing a hug/smile/laugh, and simply being there.

If you have the chance, read the below editorials. I enjoyed their perspective, especially the Star Tribune article.
STAR TRIBUNE [Use basicreader/readme as login]

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

So, instead of arguing about the reason for the season, rooting out the shorthand use of XMAS or taking political correctness once again too far, let's respect each other's differences and support the very rights we are fighting to exist in other countries...

F R E E D O M!