Political correctness is rampant in my corner of the world. For example, one does not dare–and in some cases is outright forbidden–to wish a stranger a “Merry Christmas” lest they be offended because they celebrate a different holiday in December. (I do not see the “taboo” promulgated by mainstream faith traditions, though.) My town is dominated by secular humanists, who sneer openly at Christians, and feel that religion is the cause of all evil–especially my religion. Yet, they set great store on “tolerance”, one of their highest values. They don’t seem to see the contradiction in this.
They also don’t seem to see that in their zeal for tolerance and multiculturalism in regards to Christmas celebrations, they are causing what they profess to be against: intolerance.
The vigorous outcry, and peer pressure against wishing people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hannukah is not leading to tolerance and inclusion. It is leading instead to a fear of being judged and castigated for expressing joy and good wishes freely with one another. It is leading to people seeking out only their “kind” in order to relax, exchange pleasantries and tell the truth of who they are. It is leading to people feeling most comfortable only with those most like them. How ironic that a zeal for tolerance leads to a reaction of withdrawal into separate exclusive groups, in small ways and large.