Friday night topic: The death of Christmas
This time of year is a sad one anymore. It's as if all of the Christmas bad guys I learned about growing upthe Grinch, Scrooge, Mr. Potterhad finally gotten their way. What was once a uniting cultural force, a secularized holiday with religious (and secular) roots, has become The Holiday that Dare Not Speak its Name. One winces at the mention of "holiday trees" and other such torturous, convoluted formulations of once-familiar Christmas phrases. Have we utterly lost our capacity to tolerate religion in public life? Is treating religion as if it did not exist really the right response to pluralism?