On Christmas morning, I opened up the Washington Post’s Outlook section to see what our elite pundits of the mainstream media had to say about this day that Christians hold sacred as the birthday of their savior.
First I read these words of good cheer from Penne Restad, professor at the University of Texas in Austin:
“Whenever a salesclerk rang up my purchases and said ‘Merry Christmas!’ I sized her up. What did she mean by that? Who told her to say that?”
Next came these tidings of great joy from Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, an institution that I used to hold in high esteem–until I read this:
“When intelligent design, the public display of the Ten Commandments and marriage laws seem to be the focus of public religious activism, Christmas is like a celebration from another world. It is difficult, after all, to see a case for intelligent design in Bethlehem.”
Then through the dark night shoneth this everlasting light from columnist E.J. Dionne:
“We are living through a moment when the definition of ‘Christian’ seems to come down to which party you belong to, how you stand on a few hot-button issues and how often you say ‘Merry Christmas.'”
In other words, go impale yourselves on a Yule log, ye fundamentalists, Republicans, believers in the proposition that God created the universe, and Christians who happen to be tired of efforts to eradicate all traces of their religion from public discourse and culture.
Three separate messages to that effect in the Washington Post. Not one single word standing up for Christianity and its traditional beliefs and teachings instead of mocking and belittling those who hold to those traditional beliefs and teachings.
On this, one of the holiest days of the Christian year. Thank you, Washington Post!