Recently a doctor was stunned by the amount of hate he got after he shared a video on the social media platform, subtitled with the message ‘Merry Christmas’.
Dr. Vincent Candrawinata, from Sydney, experienced harsh criticism for wishing his Facebook friends ‘Merry Christmas’ instead of ‘Happy Holidays’ because some people think ‘Merry Christmas’ is not appropriate for Non-believer and other religions.
The doctor, known as Dr. Vincent, was told by netizens that his post was not very familiar with the religious diversity in Australia. Dr. Vincent stated: “[They] mentioned some statistics that Australia is not all Christian, [and that] if you’re saying Merry Christmas, it is inherently discriminatory to other people who are not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas,”
The post started a furious discussion in the comments, with one guy said: “more than 28 religions celebrate a festival in December”.
Another one said: “I’m not Christian so I’m excluded from your best wishes. That’s discrimination at its worst”.
Dr. Vincent born and raised in Indonesia yet has lived in Australia since 2008. One person told him that he “should confirm or learn more about Australian culture” and should “try to be more Aussie”. However many comments were supportive as well.
Dr. Vincent further added: “Perhaps one of the strongest comments that we got was… Australia is predominately a Christian country with a Christian culture so we should say Merry Christmas and we should not bow down to a political correct message,”
Dr. Vincent said that he is shocked by the amount of hate he received from the people on social media.
He continued: “I feel that Christmas is no longer just the religious holiday or religious celebration, it has a lot more meaning to it. I do not think it is fair that people feel they can tell me not to say Merry Christmas. If other people would prefer to say Happy Holidays that is their prerogative – but I am going to keep saying Merry Christmas.”