This is ridiculous! I get the fact that some atheists are offended by the use of the phrase "St. Patrick" as, he is a Christian Saint. But, I don't support in any way their "offense".
First off, if they were secure in their atheism, this wouldn't be a problem. Secondly, who are they to lecture Irish-Americans on what they can and can't celebrate?!
Where does it end?
This politically correct speech has got to end. And now!
Where is it stated in the Constitution of our government that you have the right to "not be offended"? For crying out loud!
The whole purpose of the 1rst Ammendment is to first, secure our right to freedom of speech, and secondly, to ensure that we are all free to pursue the religion we prefer and for the government to not interfere in our religious choices. There is no provision in our Constitution for "freedom from religion", just "freedom of religion".
Apparently, Disney, that once bastion of kid safe movies, has decided that it is important to change "St. Patrick's Day" to "Shamrock Day", as if we were all pagans and were worshiping a green flower. Nice, but, totally stupid.
The whole meaning behind "St. Patrick's Day" is centered around the belief that St. Patrick, an English priest, converted Ireland to Christianity. The shamrock part of the story has to do with his clever use of this plant as a way to demonstrate the meaning behind "The Trinity".
Of course, the truth of the matter is that there were already existing in Ireland, "Celtic Christians". So, in reality what St. Patrick's real influence was in converting Ireland to Catholicism.
Be that as it may, it makes no sense whatsoever to take a holiday for Ireland Catholics and try and turn it into some sort of quasi secular/pagan holiday. That is just insulting.
So much for the "tolerant" left and their nonsensical "politically correct" ideas.
I for one, reject this idiosy. And so, for me, it will always be "St. Patrick's Day". And I am NOT even a Catholic!
I am an Episcopalian, a member of the Anglican Church.