Sunday, December 19

Bah, humbug? Oy vey!

The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer writes:
I'm struck by the fact that you almost never find Orthodox Jews complaining about a Christmas creche in the public square. That is because their children, steeped in the richness of their own religious tradition, know who they are and are not threatened by Christians celebrating their religion in public. They are enlarged by it.

Oh yeah? His comments are tucked into a tirade against the de-Christianization of Christmas (he's a Jew, actually), so as not to offend anyone now that we're all multi-culturalists. Sticky issue. What do we think?

1 Comments:

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Miriam said...

Can't say what "we" think, but I think he's right. As I wrote on my blog, religious freedom isn't just for religious minorities, and I am not remotely offended or threatened by other people (even those in the majority) publicly celebrating their religion. See http://bloghd.blogspot.com/2004/12/whats-wrong-with-merry-christmas.html for more on this, and for readers' comments, generally positive.
I was also surprised to discover that many Jews, including many Orthodox Jews (such as myself) secretly actually quite enjoy the public celebration of Christmas: see http://bloghd.blogspot.com/2004/11/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html and click on the comments (although it says 0 for some reason, there are lots there).

 

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