Happy holidays

The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Sid Miller, on Facebook yesterday:

If one more person says Happy Holidays to me I just might slap them. Either tell me Merry Christmas or just don’t say anything.

That’s not nice. That’s not necessary. This is a big country; Texas is a big state; not everyone is religious and not everyone who is religious is Christian. If someone says a friendly “happy holidays” why get in a rage about it?

But I guess he’s not that kind of guy. His most recent post:

Good morning my friends. I hope your day is off to a great start. We are just a few days away from welcoming the birth of our savior. As we prepare for Christmas and the joy that accompanies it, I pray that you will thank God for the blessings that come with living in “one nation under God.” Merry Christmas and may God bless you, your family, our great state, and the United States of America.

No. That’s just rude. Trying to force his god on everyone is just rude. “Happy holidays” is (deliberately) inclusive of everyone; “under God” very much is not.

(Also – what’s with the guy riding a longhorn? Why’s he riding a longhorn to the pharmacy? Who does that?)

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