Monday, April 17, 2006

Secular society?

One of the thing most of western civilisation pride itself upon is the separation of church and state. The freedom of everyone to worship who or what they may (this is a subliminal message: worship the flying spaghetti monster) and the assurance that religious wars and percussion will be prevented. We try to keep the catholic roots of our society founding father (at least here in Canada) out of classroom and out of the the law. We end up with strange things like allowing knife in classroom in the name of religious freedom and things like that (subliminal message: let his noodlely appendage touch you).

However one thing where we are apparently not even looking at this secularisation of society is the holidays. We just had Easter, and most business where on smaller hours and personnel, friday and most where closed sunday. Now the problem appears here, Easter is a mostly christian holiday (unlike Chrismast who happens to fall close to at least a few other religions holiday) and using it as a state sanctioned holiday is in a way a promotion of Christianity. Well one might argue that it is just because of our christian roots and that it is just celebrated by the state out of tradition but that probably not the message it send to the rest of the world you know... It kinda like making a post about secular society and posting subliminal message about the flying spaghetti monster...

3 comments:

Piccolo said...

Easter is not the celebration of the chocolate??? All my childhood just took a drop....

I understand your point, but I'm glad that I had a four days break of work!

anyflower said...

In fact, Easter takes it's root to the Jewish celebration of the exit of the Hebrew slaves in Israël. The Christians also celebrate that holiday (Christians are "children" of semists) but also celebrate the resurrection of Christ (who had been crucified on the eve of the Jewish Easter) according to Christians. He's a page of history just to let you know that not only Christians celebrate Easter but Jewish too. :o)

Piccolo said...

And chocolate in all that??? Is Jesus make in chocolate???