December 12

21st Century Living

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Inclusion

What happens when you designate a religious holiday as a federal holiday in a pluralist democracy like the United States?

Culture war. Well, not exactly. While it is very much an invention of cable news, the so-called "War on Christmas" is also a symptom of a larger conflict between religious and secular values. Should we refer to this time of the year with the politically correct term "holidays" or call it "Christmas"?

Some see such a substitution as a threat to religious expression. Penn Jillette, on the other hand, argues that "holidays" is a more inclusive term, and is a better way to spread joy to all this holiday season. 

 

  1. 1 Penn Jillette: There's No War on ...
  2. 2 Peter Gomes On Christianity Today
  3. 3 America Is a Laboratory for Relig...
  4. 4 The Roots of the War on Christmas
   
  1. Penn Jillette: There's No War on Christmas. Let's Just Spread the Joy, Man!

    Penn Jillette: There's No War on Christmas. Let's Just Spread the Joy, Man!

    Atheist author and magician Penn Jillette asks why we can't use the word "holidays" instead of "Christmas" to be more inclusive. 

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  2. Peter Gomes On Christianity Today

    Peter Gomes On Christianity Today

    Christianity is not a religion that has been tried and failed.

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  3. America Is a Laboratory for Religious Experiments

    America Is a Laboratory for Religious Experiments

    America has always been a magnet for those fleeing religious persecution, particularly those displaced by the Thirty Years War and the backlash against the religious liberalism of the Renaissance.

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  4. The Roots of the War on Christmas

    The Roots of the War on Christmas

    Appealing to religious prejudice, claiming the Christian majority is being persecuted and threatened by an unpopular minority, is a time-honored tactic used by genuine bigots past and present.

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