Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Who Won the War on Christmas?

One friend's comment on the above question was, "Even to ask this silly question is to concede the answer." But I'm conceding nothing. I am convinced that liberals can step into the cultural debate, stand our ground and even find common ground at times. I agree with Jim Wallis, who writes in The Soul of Politics, "Again, the best way to common ground, is the path to higher ground."
We discussed the so-called war on Christmas on WDEL for two hours yesterday. Liberals as well as conservatives called in, and guess what? Liberals have values too, and we shouldn't hesitate to talk about them.
I didn't hold back in calling the war on Christmas a phony war. But neither did I dismiss the importance of religion in people's lives. When someone called in saying he didn't like it that kids in a local school couldn't celebrate Christmas by name, I listened, appreciated his point of view, asked what he thought about Jewish and Muslim students in the school and pointed out that there is still a creche in Rodney Square after all these years. Somehow, for two hours we had a civil discussion on Christmas and the role of religion in our lives. At one point, I found myself wondering if I wan't getting people riled up enough. This is talk radio, after all.
One theme that I heard from a number of callers is that in our society we all can live out our beliefs in our homes and places of worship, and that we don't need others to observe our religious holidays on our behalf.
Thanks to everyone who listened and called in, and thanks to Rick Jensen for giving me run of his studio for two hours. Merry Christmas, or whatever.


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