Pastor Mike here again:
So I was going through my Christmas card mailing list last night and wondering if there was anyone I needed to add to it this year. One of the first thoughts that popped into my mind was that I should send cards to some of my new online friends here at this site. Of course this thought was immediately followed by: Wait a minute. Is it appropriate to send a Christmas card to an atheist friend? Would that be offensive? Insensitive? I mean, I don’t think I’d send a Christmas card to Jewish friends either. But then, on the other hand, would it be rude of me to exclude them from my list because they’re an atheist? I really don’t know.
(Please keep in mind that I’m talking here about people I don’t know that well – not close friends or family who might expect a card regardless – just acquaintances like Hemant and others whom I primarily know in the context of discussions about atheism. Also keep in mind that my cards are overtly religious – not just “Happy Holidays”.)
So what do you all think? Should I send a card? Would that be tacky, or is it rude not to? I’m honestly not sure and thought I’d bring it up here for discussion.
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