Saturday, December 18, 2004

You better not pout; you better not cry . . .

Here's Charles Krauthammer on majorities, minorities, and sensitivity:

[M]ore than 80 percent of Americans are Christian, and probably 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. Christmas Day is an official federal holiday, the only day of the entire year when, for example, the Smithsonian museums are closed. Are we to pretend that Christmas is nothing but an orgy of commerce in celebration of . . . what? The winter solstice?

He mentions a bit about the way Jewish holidays -- and even Kwanzaa -- have been hoopla'd up with store decorations and cards (alright, part of that is thanks to savvy capitalists). The point is, in America, other religions are tolerated -- and then some.

To insist that the overwhelming majority of this country stifle its religious impulses in public so that minorities can feel "comfortable" not only understandably enrages the majority but commits two sins. The first is profound ungenerosity toward a majority of fellow citizens who have shown such generosity of spirit toward minority religions.

Until non-Christians come up with something more beautiful than "Little Drummer Boy," I predict that Xmas is here to stay. And, when you think about it, they're celebrating the birth of a Jew. That should please the Anti-Defamation League.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Can we stop with the "Christianity is under attack!" bullshit? I don't know about you, but I've been hearing plenty of Christmas music and seeing plenty of people in Santa hats around since Thanksgiving, so why are conservatives trying to foist a false perception of Christmas being denied to America by grinch-like Jews and other non-Christians?

What's wrong with having decorations and cards for other holidays? Is the minority not supposed to enjoy its holidays and simply follow the culture of the majority? Hmm, sounds more like socialism than individualism.

Perhaps the minority wouldn't even say anything if the majority didn't feel the need to shove its culture in everyone else's face, simply because it is the majority and it can.

Ultimately, the question is do you want one-size-fits-all state-sanctioned spirituality, or do you think that the government shouldn't get involved in how individuals choose to express their religious sentiments.