December 20, 2004
A Fox News/opinion dynamics poll has found that 96 percent of respondents celebrate Christmas.
Five percent celebrate Hanukkah, two percent Kwanzaa and one percent other events, or refused to answer.
To the question, "should nativity scenes be allowed on public property, or not," 87 percent said "yes" and just nine percent said "no."
"Political correctness" has overruled the overwhelming majority.
A tiny percentage of non-celebrants restricts the freedom of the overwhelming majority.
I am constantly confronted by things that offend me - from television, to billboards to sex-infested magazines at the supermarket checkout line.
I don't demand such things be removed from my sight.
But when I'm told I am not allowed to have the same freedom of expression as those who express things I don't like, I get offended.
Too bad for me, and others like me.
When I am offended, it's the price I pay for tolerance.
Why doesn't the minority tolerate Christmas?
It's because the message is true and people only persecute the truth.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.