America is “not a Christian nation,” said Barack Obama, speaking to Muslims abroad in his first term. The consequence of his lowest-common-denominator pluralism is that those with the least belief get the greatest say over public life.
Under this culture, the Christmas season grows more and more insipid, as evident in the “holiday card” Obama has sent out. Where George W. Bush adorned some of his cards with biblical verses — “For the Lord is Good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations,” read one of them — Obama simply pictures his dog Bo. Donning a scarf, Bo is seen in the card trudging through the snow on the south lawn of the White House.
The word “Christmas” has largely been expunged from federal government literature. The National Gallery, for example, offers a concert not of Christmas carols but of “holiday carols.” Perhaps the word “holiday” will have to go too, as it implies that certain days are holy.