Merry Christmas? Not From Your Congressman

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas? Not From Your Congressman

Here's how bad political correctness has gotten. Members of the House of Representatives have been told they can't write "Merry Christmas" or any other holiday greeting on official mail. The congressional franking office, which allows House members to send postage-free mail to constituents and also decides what content is permitted, has taken church-state separation to a new level.

The franking office says members can't even write "Happy New Year" but they can say "Have a happy new year." There are people getting paid to draw such distinctions.

If a member can't mention the word Christmas in official mail, or wish someone a happy new year, why are they taking time off from work? Why don't they stay in Washington during whatever they want to call the period from December 25 to January 1? Will the two Muslim members of the House be allowed to say "Happy Eid"?

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: December 20, 2011