12/25/11, "Steyn mocks western world's 'war on Christmas:' Institutional self loathing," Daily Caller, J. Poor
"There is no crusade to generalize other religious holidays and that the West’s budding hatred of itself and its values was at the “heart” of the matter.
“There’s something very odd by the way, as I said about this stilted artificial avoidance of Christmas,” he said....
“Nobody does this with Ramadan, for example. I notice when you look at the big Ramadan festivities at the White House that every president conducts now — nobody bothers to pretend that is a kind of general celebration.
- Nobody says ‘happy holiday’ instead of Ramadan.
- And I think there’s something sort of slightly — it’s not a small thing in that sense.
It gets to the heart of the most disturbing feature of Western world at twilight, which is this kind of institutional self-loathing that’s at the heart of it.”
"When an explicitly Catholic institution thinks that the meaning of Christmas is “tenderness for the past, vapid generalities for the present, evasive abstractions for the future,” it’s pretty much over. Suffering no such urge to self-abasement, Muslim students at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., recently filed a complaint over the lack of Islamic prayer rooms on the campus. They find it offensive to have to pray surrounded by Christian symbols such as crucifixes and paintings of distinguished theologians. True, this thought might have occurred to them before they applied to an institution called “Catholic University.” On the other hand, it’s surely not unreasonable for them
- to have expected Catholic University
- to muster no more than the nominal rump Christianity of that Catholic college in New England.
- sending out cards saying “We believe in nothing,”
- why wouldn’t you take them at their word?"