The War on Christmas
So far I have not commented on the supposed war on Christmas. The very idea that saying Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas constitutes an affront to anything is so clearly ridiculous that I didn't feel the need to actually comment to that effect. Fox News, and Bill O'Reilly in particular, seemed like the only ones promoting the idea, and their motives were so plainly opportunistic that I was inclined to just ignore the whole thing.
Then I read this disgusting column, from the lovely folks at Town Hall. Its author is Brad Prelutsky.
Whereas O'Reilly and company were content to lay this made-up war at the feet of the same godless, atheistic, religion-hating, liberal, securlarist, blah blah blahs who get blamed for everythng else, Prelutsky sees a new villain in the war on Christmas: Jews.
That has changed, you may have noticed. And I blame my fellow Jews. When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian, agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the ACLU, at the forefront.
Being Jewish, I should report, Christmas was never celebrated by my family. But what was there not to like about the holiday? To begin with, it provided a welcome two week break from school. The decorated trees were nice, the lights were beautiful, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a great movie, and some of the best Christmas songs were even written by Jews.
But the dirty little secret in America is that anti-Semitism is no longer a problem in society; it’s been replaced by a rampant anti-Christianity. For example, the hatred spewed towards George W. Bush has far less to do with his policies than it does with his religion. The Jews voice no concern when a Bill Clinton or a John Kerry makes a big production out of showing up at black Baptist churches or posing with Rev. Jesse Jackson because they understand that’s just politics. They only object to politicians attending church for religious reasons.
My fellow Jews, who often have the survival of Israel heading the list of their concerns when it comes to electing a president, only gave 26% of their vote to Bush, even though he is clearly the most pro-Israel president we’ve ever had in the Oval Office.
I feel no particular desire to reply to this, beyond pointing out that America has never had, and never will have, an anti-Israel President. I would further point out that supporting Israel and being a rubber stamp for the Sharon administration are two different things.
Prelutsky is not finished:
I happen to despise bullies and bigots. I hate them when they represent the majority, but no less when, like Jews in America, they represent an infinitesimal minority.
I am getting the idea that too many Jews won’t be happy until they pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences.
Again, no comment.
For the record though, if I must have strangers braying at me as I leave a Target or a Wal-Mart, I prefer to be wished Happy Holidays.