Monday, December 21, 2009

"spiritual piracy" and the seasonal turf war

Via Jeffrey Goldberg, we have Garrison Keeler (voice of this show) being a tad unkind:

Unitarians listen to the Inner Voice and so they have no creed that they all stand up and recite in unison, and that's their perfect right, but it is wrong, wrong, wrong to rewrite "Silent Night." If you don't believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own d*** "Silent Night" and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism, and we Christians have stood for it long enough. And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write "Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we'll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah"? No, we didn't.
"One of our guys"? Oy, how this season can reveal our inner playground tribalism so quickly. It reminds me of something that was sent my way when I said 'Happy Hanukkah' and mentioned its signifigance for believers in Messiah. The message read:
please celebrate your own holiday (xmas) and let jews celebrate their holidays in peace.
it's really tacky when xians try to co-opt other people's holidays.
But the truth is much more peculiar (perhaps even "tacky") than this sort of preening, turf-war pluralism could allow. The feast Hanukkah is quite signifigant for believers in Jesus, though this may annoy some. And, Mr. Keeler, the subject of holiday you are promoting? That would be Messiah Yeshua - and He was one of "our guys."

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