Just read Garrison Keillor’s sinus-clearing editorial, “Nonbelievers, Please Leave Christmas Alone.” Jesus, Mary and Joseph, just check this out:
If you don’t believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own damn “Silent Night” and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism, and we Christians have stood for it long enough. And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write “Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we’ll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah”? No, we didn’t.
Christmas is a Christian holiday – if you’re not in the club, then buzz off. Celebrate Yule instead or dance around in druid robes for the solstice. Go light a big log, go wassailing and falalaing until you fall down, eat figgy pudding until you puke, but don’t mess with the Messiah.
And those are just the milder parts.
What do you think, is this irony or has GK flown off the rails? Folks like blogger Jerry Haber and the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg think it’s the latter; I’m tending toward the former. If you can lay down your wassal for just a moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts…