Reggie Rivers: Merry Christmas is Divisive
The former Denver Bronco and current columnist weighs in
on the Merry Christmas sign with a novel take.
If the removal of "Merry Christmas" can provoke this type of reaction, then no one can reasonably argue that it's a benign phrase that shouldn't offend anyone.
Get it? It's a classic Catch-22; if you object to the removal of the sign it shows that the sign is divisive and should be removed. And if you don't object to the removal of the sign, it's not divisive, but we're removing it because you didn't object.
Let me pose an alternative scenario. Suppose the City of Denver, in a moment of civic pride, put up a sign that said "Go Broncos!" Some local sports fans object that they are fans of the Raiders. The city decides to take down the sign, causing a brouhaha. Would this prove that the sign should come down, because after all, nobody'd raise a fuss if it weren't so divisive?