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Florida professor suggests changing 'Merry Christmas' to 'Happy Federal Holiday'

"Happy Holidays" isn't quite neutral enough for University of Central Florida professor Terri Fine, who proposed a new holiday greeting: "Happy Federal Holiday". She made the suggestion in an op-ed in the campus paper:

Because the U.S. government in some cases and the state government in others have identified certain days during the year as state and federal holidays, including those that fall during the late fall and winter season — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day — we have no choice but to observe these holidays whether we want to or not. [...] We know that we are not being culturally insensitive by extending to someone a holiday greeting that has no meaning to them because they practice a different religion or no religion at all. [UCF Today]

While Fine argues that this switch would be more respectful of Christmas, Hanukkah, and other December celebrations, her idea has been met with a frosty welcome. For example, writing at the libertarian Reason Magazine, Robby Soave took particular issue with roping the government into holiday cheer. "Surely," he concluded, "that’s manifestly worse than just saying, 'Have a good one.'"