Doctor is bombarded with abuse for 'excluding Muslims' by wishing his followers Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays
A doctor has come under fire for wishing social media followers a Merry Christmas instead of sharing a message more inclusive of other religions and non-believers.
Dr Vincent Candrawinata from Sydney uploaded a video to his Facebook page captioned with the two words but was shocked to discover the vitriol it generated.
The doctor, known as Dr Vincent, was told he should have stuck with Happy Holidays because it was more reflective of religious diversity in Australia.
He told Daily Mail Australia one commentator said he was being discriminatory by saying Merry Christmas.
'(They) mentioned some statistics that Australia is not all Christian (and that) if you're saying Merry Christmas it is inherently discriminatory to other people who are not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas,' Dr Vincent said.
A war of words broke out in the comments with one person pointing out 'more than 28 religions celebrate a festival in December'.
'Saying Happy Holidays is one little inclusive gesture to throw out into this muddled world,' they said.
Another accused Dr Vincent of excluding non-Christians, saying: 'I'm not Christian so I'm excluded from your best wishes. That's discrimination at its worst'.
Some people were more blunt, telling Dr Vincent 'you should say Happy holidays not Merry Christmas FFS'.
But others said saying Merry Christmas was the way to go.
'Perhaps one of the strongest comments that we got was... Australia is predominately a Christian country with a Christian culture so we should say Merry Christmas and we should not bow down to a political correct message,' he said.
The video was intended as a thank-you to customers for supporting Dr Vincent's Renovatio business throughout the coronavirus pandemic and to spread joy after a difficult year.
Dr Vincent said he did not think the two words would be problematic and he 'didn't think there was anything wrong with wishing people a Merry Christmas'.
'I feel that Christmas is no longer just the religious holiday or religious celebration, it has a lot more meaning to it,' he said.
Source: The Daily Mail
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