More prophets of a freer and more open tomorrow: Couple launches attack on ‘Christmas hell’. “Hell,” for these purposes, means Christmas as such, partly because it’s commercialized, but more fundamentally because it’s religious and thus exclusive. “Children are taught to worship this white, heterosexual man [Santa] who overeats. I mean, it’s wrong.”
Good point! The article leads off with the seasonal story of the mainstream movement to abolish Christmas in Canada. It then tells of a Vancouver couple who are waging their own private campaign against Christmas with billboards and emails. Their campaign brings the crusade against Christmas out of the bureaucracy and out among the people, and thus has particular importance.
All this brings us to the question of what kind of public holiday is possible, when the fact that someone might not buy into a holiday’s theme makes it exclusionary. The answer, of course, is that the only possible holiday today is one celebrating diversity. All other symbols and ideals are tainted with particularism, a.k.a. bigotry, and must be rigorously excluded from public life. Those who fail to buy into diversity are adherents of hatred whose concerns should be ignored. Which leads to a further question: what can the diversity be about, when all the particulars must be kept under wraps?