How would you rename the moon

Political Correctness : Winter festivities instead of Christmas?

The endeavor to behave politically correct about everything in the world, not to offend others with their own claims, interpretations and names, is producing strange flowers. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the state spokesman for the Left, Rüdiger Sagel, wanted to rename November 11th, St. Martin's Day, the “Sun, Moon and Star Festival” in view of the religious diversity in kindergartens and the growing number of non-religious parents. It was not committed Christians who were the first to oppose the conceptual neutralization of a traditional church festival, but Aiman ​​Mazyek from the Central Council of Muslims. He pointed out that Muslim children can also enjoy the Martin's parade with the colorful lanterns and delicacies in a completely relaxed manner.

The effort to expand the space of the secular state

What sounds like a one-off spinning mill is found quite often. In Solingen there was intense discussion about renaming the Christmas lights in the city center to winter light. In Bonn, the local Thalia bookstore was exposed to a violent letter to the editor in the Generalanzeiger after advertising for presents for the rabbit festival in the shop windows before Easter. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg there was a dispute about whether Christmas markets should only be approved if they operate as a winter market. And this also happened in the district in which every fourth inhabitant is Muslim: One of the highest festivals in Islam, the Ramadan festival at the end of Lent, was only allowed to be celebrated in public after it had been renamed the summer festival.

The last example shows that behind this attempted linguistic purification of the terminology of religious references there is not only anti-Christian resentment - although there is. No, it is an effort to expand the space of the secular state and to promote the profanization of public life. In a very multicultural federal state like Berlin, in which major political forces have an extremely distant, if not disturbed relationship with the church, this - as a supposedly politically correct approach - breaks easier than in regions where the population share of Christians of all denominations is significantly higher. Those who grew up without religion themselves tend to come to the conclusion that the mention of terms from the Christian environment could be perceived by non-Christians as unreasonable or even presumptuous.

So let's keep calling things by their names

In fact it is not. According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, from which the Protestant regional bishop Markus Dröge just quoted in a lecture, 75 percent of West Germans and 55 percent of East Germans describe Christianity as the foundation of our culture. Basic values ​​such as tolerance, peacefulness, solidarity with the weak and charity can be found in all monotheistic religions and of course also among humanists. But it is precisely these values ​​that stabilize society that the legal philosopher Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde was thinking of when he said that the free constitutional state lives on conditions that it cannot create itself.

So let's continue to call things by their names, because only then can we appreciate and preserve their diversity. Let us be happy when Jewish citizens celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, which was supplemented with Christmas tree in the past to make the children happy with a Christmas tree. Let us congratulate the Muslims when they celebrate the sugar festival, the breaking of the fast. And let us, who know about our Christian roots, fervently sing the Christmas carols that have accompanied families for generations on this day. And those who just want to celebrate a winter festival are just as welcome in this colorful city.

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