Happy holidays, or whatever

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is upset because Kwanzaa and Hanukkah cards put out by major companies are ever-so-respectful, while Christmas cards are tasteless, irreligious, and downright offensive. The Catholic League thinks that demonstrates bigotry, to which (they say) multiculturalism is congenitally related. The analysis isn’t wrong, exactly, but it’s less-than-illuminating. To my mind what the cards show is that everyone agrees that self-assertion is good. In a Christian country like America self-assertion can take the form of abusing Christianity or it can take the form of ostentatious piety about non-Christianity. Those are the attitudes the companies are selling, and—to all appearances—they’re making lots of money doing so.

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