It was quite a tempest in a teapot last week when the Canadian Human Rights Commission came out with a statement that “Discrimination against religious minorities in Canada is grounded in Canada’s history of colonialism.” They cited the statutory holidays surrounding Christmas and Easter as prime examples. Their rationale was that Christians were automatically granted paid days off for their holy days, while other religions had to request special accommodations for theirs.
And I agree entirely. We live in a very pluralistic society, and what’s good for some should be good for all. Perhaps everyone should be allowed x number of religious holidays off yearly, but they would be unpaid.
After all, if celebrating your holy day is that important to you, you should be willing to use a regular day off or a vacation day to observe it. But obviously, nobody asked me.
I did find it interesting that our politicians rushed to the defence of Christmas, but nary a one of them mentioned Easter, and Christmas is meaningless without Easter.
In reality, it wasn’t the Christian Holy Day of Christmas they were defending. It was the cultural holiday—the tinsel, the gifts and, of course, the two paid days off. Nobody wants to mess with that.
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is possible, you’ll have to attempt the impossible.