Hoisted from Comments: George Orwell's Motivations
Can't Anybody in Obama's Inner Circle Play This Game?

Is There a Rule That Right-Wing New York Times Columnists Must Be Ignorant of the History of Their Own Religious Tradition?

First David Brooks appears astonished to meet a rabbi. Now Ross Douthat:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/opinion/20douthat.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print: Christmas is hard for everyone. But it is particularly hard for those who believe in it.... American Christians can feel most embattled. Their piety is overshadowed by materialist ticky-tacky. Their great feast is compromised by Christmukkanzaa.multiculturalism...

Does he really not know the history of his own religion? People have been celebrating the Winter Solstice for many more years than Ross Douthat's Young-Earth Creationist friends claim the earth has existed. For anybody to claim that the Winter Solstice is their great feast and not all of ours--and that non-Christians "compromise" it with their Winter Solstice celebrations--shows a truly remarkable degree of blindness...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?