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Derb Feels His Anti-Multi-Culti Credentials Slipping From His Grasp

A reader in Colorado: “Dear Mr. Derbyshire,–Regarding your posting on The

Corner about your attendance at a Hanukkah celebration; I wondered if you

felt uncomfortable at this celebration. I know I wouldn’t. And if someone

were to say to me ‘Happy Hanukkah’ as we parted company, I wouldn’t be

offended either. I would feel rather honored that they thought enough of me

to include me in their wishes for such an important celebration of faith,

even if I wasn’t a practicing member. That is partly the reason I still wish

people ‘Merry Christmas’ instead of ‘Happy Holidays.’ It isn’t a refusal to

be PC; I see it as more of an invitation to join a celebration, rather than

an exclusion from the same. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New


I’m going to have to think about that one. Though for the record, my

kippah-ed host wished us “Merry Christmas!” as we left. And no, I didn’t

feel the least bit uncomfortable.

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