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North Carolina members of the YMCA are upset by a fund raising email asking for support of the poor during the holiday season. The email encouraged them to select a name from the holiday tree and make a holiday donation.

Mary Vaca, who attends church at the Morrison YMCA in Ballantyne, was offended by a recent email from the Y asking her to help the needy this Christmas, but the word Christmas was never mentioned.

“I didn’t think a day would come, when a Christian group would fall to the political correctness pressure,” said Vaca.

Vaca was shocked at the absence of the word Christmas, especially the holiday tree remark.

As she puts it, dismissing the masses to prevent offending the few.

“They do not have a problem offending those of us who are Christians by calling something what it is not,” said Vaca.

Morrison Y Director Laura Smith said the holiday tree phrase is not about fear of offending non-Christians.

“It takes place and starts before Thanksgiving, goes past Christmas, so we named it holiday because it goes through multiple holidays,” she said.



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Santa Marty

Did they forget what the letters stand for?

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Santa Johnny Boy

Young Men's Christmas Association?

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SCSanta

It amazes me how easily people get offended now a days. Holiday is derived from Holy Day just as Christmas is derived from Christ's Mass. If the NC YMCA members want to ignore the good that a group is doing and find something to be offended about, they could at least put in a little etymology research.

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KKringle

Just amazes me that we can't just be tolerant of everyone. Wouldn't it be great if we could say Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan and celebrate all of us for the children of God we are? If the Atheist don't want to participate, so be it. No one is pressuring them.  How can we really work on Peace on Earth if we can't accept one another for our differences and Beliefs without feeling like we are always stepping on someones toes? I hope I one day live long enough to see a world like this.

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Santa Hill

I have said it once and I'll say it again, just be glad someone took the time to wish you a happy holidays or mentioned the holidays in general so as to be inclusive of everyone.  I can't imagine being insulted or offended just because someone didn't wish me a specific holiday to be happy about.  I would rather be offered a happy holiday than nothing.  The opposite of love is not hate but indifference.

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Elf Without Jingles

Hmph! And to think that this is the same YMCA that was so unapproving of the Village People's legendary song about it!

 

For those of you ClausNETters who weren't necessarily there during the Age of Disco, a reminder as to said song's chorus:

 

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A, A

They have ev-er-y-thing

For young men to enjoy

You can hang out with all the boys

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A, A

You can get yourself clean

You can have a good meal

You can do whatever you feel......

 

"YMCA," Words and Music by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis

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St.nickolasmillikan

Im all for standing up for something like this yes we need to be respectful of people and there religion but Christmas is a Christen holiday and this is a Christen organization.

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