Monday, December 12, 2005

The war against Christmas

I have not commented on the culture war between those who celebrate Christmas and those anti-Christian (and in some cases generally anti-religion) bigots who are endeavoring to remove it from American life one small step at a time. But if I had done so, I'm not sure I could have said it any better than Jeff Jacoby:

"[S]uppressing the language, symbols, or customs of Christians in a predominantly Christian society is not inclusive. It's insulting. It's discriminatory, too. Hanukkah menorahs are never referred to as 'holiday lamps' — not even the giant menorahs erected in Boston Common and many other public venues each year by Chabad, the Hasidic Jewish outreach movement. No one worries that calling the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by its name — or even celebrating it officially, as the White House does with an annual 'iftaar' dinner—might be insensitive to non-Muslims. In this tolerant and open-hearted nation, religious minorities are not expected to keep their beliefs out of sight or to squelch their traditions lest someone, somewhere, take offense. Surely the religious majority shouldn't be expected to either."


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