I do agree that the govt has to have a way to recognize a religion for tax purposes. But I think they're pretty wide open on that.
What I don't understand is why matters of faith is such a hot issue. Christmas is observed T/O the world for a short period of time. If you are not a Christian, just enjoy the lights and the cookies and say "no thank you" to the rest.
Bi, Poly, Switch. I'm not indecisive, I'm greedy!
I'm not saying YOU are a hypocrite; just that it seems our society is set up so the christians get to do what they want and the rest of us are supposed to tolerate it, but not v.v., which to me is against our constitution (when it's on public grounds).
I know Jehovah's Witnesses - who are vehemently against celebrating holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving - who will go around and look at holiday lights and say "they are just lights" - but they won't come over for dinner on Thanksgiving and tell themselves "It's just dinner". Always struck me as strange.
Of course, I'm sure I do lots of contradictory things myself!
I try not to correct typos normally but for some reason that one bugs me....
But to your point - there is a difference; but what most of us (and maybe even you - sorry, I've lost track) have said that if govt is going to allow religions to display on govt property, they have to allow all religions.