Happy Easter! Saying it while I still can
After the Walkerton pizzeria debacle, saying Happy Easter may soon be included in the lexicon of the arcane.
Taking some time off this week and running some errands around the vicinity, it struck me how many people still are wishing each other a Happy Easter. Coming through the Costco line, “Happy Easter, ma’am”. Over at the local grocery store, “you have a Happy Easter.” Walking the dog, a neighbor waves, “Happy Easter.” Try saying that in a department store in downtown Chicago, or a restaurant in Manhattan. I’m betting you’d be given the “two-heads” look, or no response to your well wishes.
My point being, that out here in middle America, and I mean the real middle America, far from the madding crowds of LA, New York, and all the other lib-tards out there, people continue to celebrate the holidays they grew up with, that mean something to them, their families and their cultures, and where people still feel free enough to say the words, Happy Easter or Merry Christmas.
I watched Killing Jesus on Friday on Fox TV, and tonight will watch The Ten Commandments (in between flipping channels so I can watch Fred, Judy, and Ann in Easter Parade), and it occurred to me that when you take God and traditions out of people’s lives, and instead try to mass homogenize, secularize, one size fits all, you end up with a void and a culture similar to life in Russia under Stalin or China under Mao.
What happened in Walkerton, Indiana with the O’Connor family is a blight on our freedoms, our country and its Constitution, which lately has been going through the shredder. Diversity and inclusion are fine as long as one follows the current dictate of what is socially acceptable by an all too vocal minority. We supposedly pride ourselves in this country on free speech and celebrating our differences, but when it involves Christianity, not so much. Mr. O’Connor stated in an interview he serves everyone who comes into his store, including LGBTs. But he had to draw a line if asked to cater a same-sex marriage, because his faith and beliefs say marriage is between a man and a woman. For that he was vilified. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. So much for Voltaire, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” one of the great influencers on our Founding Fathers.
I don’t believe discrimination in the workplace or social venues is acceptable. You only have to experience it to understand it. The majority of my career was spent in industries and sectors that were male-dominated, and I had a choice, either be a victim or be successful. So I ignored the cr*p, worked hard, and decided that she who laughs last, laughs best. And yes, success came.
Today, the average Joe and Jane, find a myriad of regulations and social pressures, trying to dictate their behavior and expression. If someone declares himself/herself as Evangelical, they’re bigots. No questions asked. And while Mr. O’Connor was dealing with the results and outcry of his daughter’s TV interview, we have another example of zero public outcry over a similar event in Dearborn, Michigan, where a reporter entered a Muslim bakery and asked if they would cater a gay wedding. Answer was no. Dead silence from our liberal friends and the (yawn) media. Double standards.
Therefore, today, I’m in the Happy Easter mode. I’m putting aside all the angst and blather in the social media, and just enjoying the day with my pups, and delight in the freedom to say, “Hosanna, He is risen.”