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.