A matter of faith

The faith shown by David Mercier is truly amazing (Penticton Western News Dec.17). That faith is in himself, in that he knows, “for a fact,” that only a small minority are offended by Christmas for reasons that make no sense.” However, does he know for a fact how many are offended by Christmas for reasons that do make sense?

As to others of different beliefs celebrating Christmas “in their own way,” this may be so, but what about agnostics and atheists? Does Mr. Mercier’s factual knowledge extend to the possibility that they might feel offended? How can he write off whole categories of people calling their feelings an “illusion?”

Furthermore, a person can be born in this country with a multi-generational Canadian background and still not profess the Christian faith or any other.

Joy Lang

Penticton