In last week’s Surfing the Net with Kids newsletter, I closed my opening remarks with “Happy Hanukkah.” In previous years, I had also included links to sites that explain various Jewish holidays, but this year it was a simple greeting.
Via return email, a reader replied:
“I celebrate Christmas. You should think before you say it. It could be often hurtful, in my opinion.”
Is it hurtful for me to say “Happy Hannukkah” to my +75,000 newsletter readers, who are (undoubtably) mostly Christian, but also probably Muslim, Buddhist, and Jewish? I don’t think so.
Am I a government organization? Am I supported by her tax dollars? Am I promoting hateful, racist beliefs? Do I find it hateful if she says “Merry Christmas?” No, no, no, and no.
What do you think?