Greg Hodur letter: Quit complaining; act like Christians
For the past month I have bitten my tongue and gone out of my way to avoid inflaming our "Christian" community.
For the past month I have bitten my tongue and gone out of my way to avoid inflaming our "Christian" community. I quietly have endured slights like "Oh, you're one of those" because I dared wish someone a "Happy Holidays" instead of the Christianly-correct "Merry Christmas" and watched in amazement as many of you smugly congratulate yourselves for using the "proper" greeting like it's the secret handshake of some oversized frat house.
Really, people, in '06, why don't you quit proclaiming your Christianity and, instead, start acting like Christians?
As I understand it, some of you who base your sense of moral superiority on the fact that you say the "right" things and support using the government to impose your particular religious beliefs upon the rest of us couldn't make it to church on Christmas because it was inconvenient.
I am a card-carrying ACLU liberal lawyer and I was in church for midnight Mass on Christmas Eve with my family in Toledo, Ohio, which much to my wife's consternation actually occurred at midnight. I don't think that makes me superior to anyone, but I do know at least I am not a hypocrite.
How about you? Did you make it to church? If not, spare me your lectures, and resolve in '06 to actually do what your Christ commanded, like loving your neighbors as yourself and caring most about those who are the least among us.
Merry New Year!