justinmckean, 12/22/2012 - 12:18pm ""Both sides need to respect that sometimes the other can feel attacked. When it became known that the name of the Christmas parade was changed to the holiday parade, some Christians felt attacked. First Amendment issues aside, it is how some believers felt, and it would be wrong to call their feelings invalid."
Feeling attacked is not the same thing as actually being attacked.
If there had been a parade where images of Christian religion were deliberately defaced and mutilated, where the Christian community as a whole were lambasted with a sarcastic shower of scorn, then yes: that's an attack.
Taking the parade and opening it to everyone in the area as opposed to merely the Christian population is obviously not an attack. It complies perfectly with the Christian admonition to love one's neighbor.
Which is really what this is about. The creators of the second parade, the "Christmas" one, shout loud and clear that they do not love their neighbor. That they want to be exclusive. That they want anyone who doesn't agree with them about their religious opinions to be excluded from community events.
When a person deliberately chooses to "feel" put upon with no good reason, I do not have to respect that. It's fake. It's manipulative. It's insincere. It's unkind and it's selfish. Those feelings are totally and completely invalid."
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