|So very sorry! (source)|
(I know the sarcasm is thick, so I thought I'd cut in and say I actually love this season . But I do know plenty of people - believers and atheists, both - who abhor it.)
Anyway, this means people are (supposedly) trying to be nice and decent to each other!
Part of being nice is realizing when you've done something wrong, feeling sorry about it, sincerely admitting you did something stupid or wrong, expressing your sorrow, and asking for forgiveness.
I believe Christians are big on this whole admission of wrongdoing and forgiveness thing. But then, I've been a little out of touch lately.
One of these people is Manitoba Conservative Leader Brian Pallister, who wished atheist infidels happy holidays, although they really celebrate nothing. If ignorance of what atheists are like is a sin, then I fear Brian needed to run to the nearest confessional.
I want to wish everyone a really, really merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, all the holidays -- all you infidel atheists out there, I want to wish you the very best also. I don't know what you celebrate during the holiday season, I myself celebrate the birth of Christ, but it's your choice, and I respect your choice. If you want to celebrate nothing, and just get together with friends, that's good, too. All the best.Little bit condescending. Well, now he's apologized:
Okay, let's see now. He's admitted he's done something wrong.
"I regret any time there's a reaction like this," he said.Actually, he seems to regret having said something that could be used by the NDP as political fodder and for them torquing his message. Is everything about politics for these politicians?
It actually perfectly fits the mould of a non-apology: "I regret your reaction to what I said." See how he regrets something we did? Perhaps I'm reading too far into this.
Okay, I'll believe he feels sorry... for the reaction.
And I guess he did admit he did something stupid. Not necessarily a wrong or stupid action of offending anyone, but for placing embarrassing video footage into the hands of his political enemies. He is sorry he got caught.
But in the end, he did ask for forgiveness and I forgive him. I hope he at least learned something -- that atheists aren't going to sit back, shut up and take it anymore.
Listen, I never took Pallister's words seriously to begin with. I figured he was being sincere in his wishes and that he likely has some rather misguided ideas about infidel atheists - maybe his pastor gave him some incorrect information. How often that seems to happen.
Full disclosure: I selfishly hoped he would have doubled down so I could have blogged about something even more amusing than his ever so standard politician non-apology.
On further self reflection, I feel a little bad about this and would like to apologize to my readers for this. Mea culpa, my friends.
Speaking of apologies, remember the Florida Christian school student who was given an ultimatum to cut or style her African American hair like a white person or get kicked out? Well, the school backed down entirely now and will let her wear her hair as God intended it. Just like Pallister, they now refer to the whole incident as a misunderstanding... misrepresentation... 'torque'.