Saturday, December 24, 2005

[politics] Good tidings we bring...

Shorter version of Dr. Jerry Pournelle's essay re: the so-called War on Christmas: Allow us to impose Christianity on you in the public sphere, or we'll kill you. How very... Rwandan.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

I don't think that's where Jerry was going with his essay.

But how interesting that two people can look at the same bit of writing and come to different conclusions about it.

12/28/2005 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger protected static said...

I don't really think that's what he meant - I read his first essay, thinking "Yes, but I think you're forgetting..." and "Well, sorta, but not really, but I can see where you're coming from..." As I read the second 'clarifying' essay, I was having more or less the same reaction until I got to the last lines, which I found quite chilling, particularly given how O'Reilly has been demonizing 'rich, secular Jews' as part of his Christmas tirades. (John Gibson hasn't crossed over into such overt anti-Semitism, but he's certainly nodded along in agreement...)

If Pournelle's essay had been written in a different context, I probably wouldn't have reacted to it so strongly.

12/30/2005 10:03:00 AM  

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