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BILL HALL: Selective criticism of majority groups in America

Letter by Gene E. Harvey, Puyallup on Jan. 3, 2011 at 10:11 am | 10 Comments »
January 3, 2011 10:11 am

Re: “Maybe ‘Happy Holidays’ wishers are just being polite” (Bill Hall column, 1-1).

Modern day media is full of commentary that minimizes the concerns of members who identify with major social, business, political and religious groups. In their zeal to make up for both perceived and valid unfair treatment of minority groups, media forces expound their ‘politically correct’ rhetoric with abandon.

The underlying tone of this mindset is majority groups do not deserve consideration because, after all, they are the majority and they victimize minorities. In fact, much of the time the media make fun of members of majority groups who complain about biased public behavior and negative reporting.

Christmas was originally created by the Catholic Church in the fourth century. It was declared a national holiday in the U.S. on June 28, 1870, among the first four to be created along with New Years, Thanksgiving and Independence Days. George Washington’s birthday was added in 1871. Christmas represents a long, meaningful spiritual and secular tradition.

I’ve read a number of Bill Hall’s columns and generally have found him to be a thoughtful observer of current events. In this piece, however, he ignores the many examples of negative reporting and public behavior that are unfairly biased against Christians.

Often, one or a few individuals are able to interfere with traditional religious practices or observances by simply being “offended.” He also ignores the excesses of minority groups, both religious and secular, as well as the skewed perspective of those who inflate their personal worth by minimizing the spiritual concerns of the majority.

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