I'm just waiting for a note to say no Christmas Cards - there will be a walk out.
I'd love to hear others views on this...
I don't know which country you are in to say that this is a Christian country. Which country are you referring to? Most industrialized "western" countries are predominately Christian, so I'll assume that you are referring to one of them. Do you mean that it's simply a predominately Christian country rather than an official Christian country, per se?
I've worked at a couple of places where one or two individuals of a non-Christian belief complained about a department "Christmas tree". I asked one of them what problem was that they had with a decorated fir tree. That person said it was Christian. I asked him what was Christian about it? He said "the ornaments imply Christianity". And I asked which ornaments. He could not point one out. I explained to him that decorated fir trees predated Christianity in parts of Europe--Germany, for one, I think. That is, the decorated fir tree has pagan origins and traditions that various people of "modern" religions have adopted and celebrated, including Christians (Christmas tree) and Jews (Hanukkah shrub). The decorated fir tree is multicultural. Just look at parts of Asia, where Christians are in the minority, but cities, businesses, and households are decorated with Santa Clauses, color lights, and decorated trees. It's fun and colorful and festive. He shrugged and walked off and did not acknowledge anything. (Chap always seemed to have a chip on his shoulder.)
That got me wondering about the company sponsored (buffet style) lunches that we had once a week. We would have meat dishes and vegatarian dishes to accomodate those who preferred one type or the other or BOTH.
I asked the staff person who orders the lunches why we never have pork dishes. She hesitated, but said she would check. Low and behold, the next week we had sweet and sour pork among the various meat entrees. I kept an eye on the same person with whom I had the fir tree discussion (above). I wondered what he would say. Sure enough, he did raise a stink, per se. He argued that it's not fair to offer pork because he doesn't have the choice of something else. I calmly asked him what he meant since several other meat dishes were available. He said it's not fair that some people can choose to have pork but he can't therefore it should not be offered. (I was bewildered!) I calmly pointed out the situation with all of the vegetarians in our group (quite a few!) who cannot choose half the entrees, but we as meat eaters can choose any number of vegie or meat dishes. Was that fair or even more extreme version of his argument? He shrugged and walked away.
So, who is right? December is a multi-cultural festive season. In most Western industrialized countries, Christmas predominates simply because there are more of them than others.
Should company-sponsored lunches (or other meals) forbid a certain meat products because someone doesn't believe in eating it, but most do? If so, why? If so, couldn't it be argued that no meat products be offered because some vegetarians oppose eating meat? That's not reasonable, is it?
My greeting cards that I send are not explicitely Christian or any religion. I don't know the religion of all the recipients, so I try to be sensitive and reasonable to a degree.
Why shouldn't a company have a decorated fir tree, and why shouldn't pork be offered? Afterall, we don't ban beef, even though some religions consider cow to be sacred.