Diversity Macht Frei
December 26, 2016
Writing in the Jewish Daily Forward, self-proclaimed although not halachically pure Jew Daniel Solomon calls for a Jewish War on Christmas and admits it’s already been going on for a while.
Christians haven’t been so meek when the shoe’s on the other foot.
Notice the implication: that Jews now have established control over the goyim.
Church authorities ordered the burning of the Talmud in the Middle Ages due to accusations that it contained negative passages about Christ.
Again we see Jews ignoring the criterion of objective truth. The Talmud does contain negative passages about Christ. And, more often than not, it was “renegade Jews” converting to Christianity who pointed this out during the Middle Ages, prompting investigations into the Talmud and any follow-up action.
And mobs obliterated entire Jewish settlements on the false pretext that Jews stole and desecrated Communion wafers.
Are you sure it was false, Daniel? Because there are many well-attested examples of Jews deliberately defiling symbols of Christianity. Indeed, it is precisely such a defilement that you are calling for in this article.
We’ve transcended much of this history, and religious pluralism is now the norm. But there’s still a need to create a more inclusive December. Some might call that fighting a “war on Christmas.” Why not? There should be a “war on Christmas.” We should de-center Christianity as the “reason for the season” in a diverse America.
American Jews have been doing that for a while. Irving Berlin helped transform Christmas into a celebration of snow, not Jesus. Jewish comedians have created “Reuben, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Hanukkah Harry.” The Hanukkah bush does something akin to this, both claiming and satirizing the Christmas tree.
There are greater problems than winter skirmishes in the culture war. It seems trifling to fret about holiday inclusiveness when the president-elect wants Mexicans to leave and Muslims to register. But in this deepest and darkest December, it’s time to find the light, wherever it is. And there are glimmers, no matter how faint, coming off the Hannukah bush in my bedroom.