Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Holidays, ACLU-style

There’s a fantastic post on the National ACLU’s Blog Of Rights titled “A (Facebook) Christmas Story” that I think every ACLU-affiliated person should have a look at. It’s short, simple, and to the point, basically stating that the work we do here regarding freedom of religion and belief is important – and in no way infringes upon anyone’s ability to celebrate Christmas.

From the piece:

“As an employee of the ACLU, you come to realize quickly that Christmas is a time for correcting misguided assumptions on the work of our organization. Before my time here, family and friends sent the chain email that pleads with people to send ACLU Christmas cards and to make sure to write "Merry Christmas!" Further, I've overheard the conversations that ACLU is creating a "war on Christmas." Since beginning my work here, most family and friends have respected me and my job enough to learn more about ACLU and correct made-up notions of what we do here.”

It’s true that many, many folks seem to think we have a “war on Christmas” or something against the Christian holidays. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. We believe strongly in – and routinely fight for – the freedom of any person to believe in (and celebrate!) whatever they choose. We fought for religious freedom in the case of Josue Brissot, a Rastafarian TSA worker who was discriminated against, to cite one very recent example.

Whether you prefer to decorate a Christmas tree, light a kinara or menorah, or simply bask in the glow of the holiday season, know that we will always support and fight for your right to do so.

Warm wishes for a wonderful season, whatever you celebrate!

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