Christmas dinner – avoid religion, politics and now “science”

Julie reeder


Christmas is a special time in our culture where we connect with family and friends. We spread love and good humor and we catch up with each other. We give ourselves to one another according to the pattern of Christ’s birth and the gift of salvation to all.

But the family has always been complicated. Everyone has their own individual beliefs. Last year Christmas was all but canceled due to COVID-19 and this year, with the emergence of the omicron variant, we are urged to be very careful.

If we were in Florida we wouldn’t have any restrictions and we would probably be fine.

So this year, if your family is like ours, a mix of pro-vaccine, pro-mask, anti-mask, pro-choice-vaccine, and anti-mandate, you need to find a way to have honest discussions about these. things that are important, without pressing anyone’s buttons. If you can’t do that, it might be best not to discuss these things at the table at all.

We joke about people who come to dinner in political shirts and say things like “Unvaccinated and ready to talk politics” or “You can’t get out of tyranny!” ”

But honestly, we just have to love each other and continue to respect each other’s opinions, just like we have to do with two other very important subjects: religion and politics. The challenge with this subject of the vaccine mandate is that it is politics, health and religion combined. It’s like the perfect storm.

This year, “trust science” seems to be more of a religion or a cult, but definitely political.

We have been asked to trust something that affects our personal health, our family, the health of our children, and our civil liberties. Pfizer does not want to tell us what the ingredients have been in the jab for 75 years. If we search online for COVID vaccines, it’s censored. Doctors and scientists are censored.

It is crucial to think critically and be skeptical. It is the right thing for an intelligent and responsible person to do. It is the burden of a free person. Citizens of authoritarian countries have neither the right nor the opportunity.

But we don’t need to discuss it at Christmas dinner.

If people want to share or are interested in what we have learned or found, we can speak at a time other than the holidays.

This has been our solution, and it works, so if your family is having a hard time as well, please don’t bring it up at the dinner table. Record discussions on sensitive issues for a more convenient time.

Merry Christmas!

Minnie J. Leonard