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Christmas Sharks


Jonah: You may be right that there’s a sky-is-falling aspect to the so-called disappearance of Christmas. Like those shark attacks, hostility to Christmas may be no worse this year than it was last year or the year before. But here’s the difference: Whereas shark behavior hasn’t changed over time, our attitudes about religion have. And many of us think they’ve gotten worse. Nowadays we debate matters such as saying “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s a huge victory for secular orthodoxy. So while it may be impossible to measure attitudes toward Christmas from one year to another, the trendline is perfectly clear and utterly appalling. I’m not nearly as pessimistic as Derb and his correspondent about Christmas music–but their views are examples of authentic frustration that would have been unimaginable a generation or two ago.