Kudos to PressProgress for locating this YouTube video and posting it on its website.
In the video, Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister — who was also a federal Conservative MP — wishes everybody happy holidays, even those "infidel atheists."
Technically, Pallister didn't say anything wrong.
According to Meriam Webster, there are at least a couple of different definitions of infidel:
- one who is not a Christian or who opposes Christianity
- one who acknowledges no religious belief
- a person who does not believe in a religion that someone regards as the true religion
The latter definition, however, has some negative connotations and that's why most people don't use the term infidel in everyday language.
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Not surprisingly, Pallister's message has elicited some interesting reaction.
Press Progress suggests that it could be the "most awkward holiday greeting of 2013."Read More »from Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister wishes happy holidays to 'infidel atheists'