Democratic lawmakers in South Carolina are attempting to ban a cheerful greeting. The current governor requires her employees to use the greeting when answering the phone, saying, “It’s a great day in South Carolina, how can I help you?” Critics do not find this cheerful at all and in fact, claim its offensive.
Democratic representative, John King, states that the greeting implies that everyone in South Carolina is having a great day. He explains that many in South Carolina find this insulting, since they are suffering. If his ban passes, the greeting will be legally halted until South Carolina’s unemployment rate drops below 5%, funding for education is increased and health care becomes more affordable. Then, King says, we will really be having a great day in South Carolina.
Supporters of the greeting feel that the governor is simply encouraging state employees to pass along a positive attitude.
- Which companies or groups have tried to ban certain holiday greetings? Research the controversy over saying “Merry Christmas”. Do you agree with swapping a Christmas greeting with a more-inclusive Happy Holidays or Season Greetings? Why or why not?
- What other phrases have been banned in your area/state/country? Are these types of bans protected by the 1st Amendment?
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U.S. Constitution, Amendment I
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