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Re: Country Related: Christmas
On Wed, 23 Dec 1998, John Cowan wrote:
> Padraic Brown scripsit:
> > A Hindu friend of mine summed it up pretty well: 'It's stupid. This is
> > the USA, a Christian country. I am Hindu, but living here, I would
> > _expect_ people to say Merry Xmas. How can I be offended at that?'
> Ahem. The Treaty of Tripoli (ratified 1792, the first between the
> U.S. and a Muslim power) says "The United States is in no sense
> founded on the Christian religion"; like other treaties, this
> forms part of the "supreme law of the land" (U.S. Constitution
> Arcticle VI section 2). I have also found this phrase
> attributed to George Washington.
Hey, Iowan! I never said "founded on the Xian religion"! That would make
us the "Kingdom" on Earth, would it not? ;^) The majority are at least
nominally Xian, and that makes us a Xian country.
> There are a lot of Christians here, but it is not a Christian country.
Simply a matter of interpretation.
> > Apart from which, there is _no_ USA over *there* to pollute the world with
> > some of its screwball ideas. They've got screwball ideas go leor as it
> > is.
> Sorry, Charlie. The League of N.A. is in some ways more multicultural
> than the U.S.
MC and PC are not the same thing, Sam I Am. But it's not PC. That's a
differnt kettle of sardines, plus another poster has indicated that PC may
well have started out as a joke, I believe at Brown U. Even less likely
to happen *there*.
> (Brithenig reference)
> John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
> You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
> You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
> Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)