A Christmas tradition at SJ:
In years past, some have taken issue with offensive religious stereotypes reflected in this video. In years past, this didn’t strike me as a serious issue. It was funny, satire created by Jews who were able to laugh at ourselves, at others, at life. There were always people who would find something to take offense at when it touched their world, but so what?
This years seems different. This year has elevated not just the finding of things to be offended by to an art form, but the trauma suffered by such offense to be insufferable. No physical object pierced their heart. No blood gushed from a wound. But still, it was as deadly as a dagger thrust into their heart. They railed. They screamed. They first shouted in pain and horror, then they lashed out in strings of epithets at the perpetrators of offensiveness.
Some of you have wondered why I persist in defying the righteous cries of angst from the ideologically woke? Political correctness has been elevated to an art form, with scolds dictating what words and phrases you can utter, what beliefs you can hold, what is acceptable disagreement and approved civility. Some of us reject the notion that they can direct our thoughts and words, even if we don’t have any particular dispute with their views. We dispute their authority to dictate views.
If this video offends you, you don’t have to watch it. You can leave a comment about how it’s horrifying and exhausting. You can expect that it will not change my view. You can expect me to tell you to get over your compulsion to find offense whenever possible. If that makes me a terrible person in your eyes, I’m fully prepared to live with that.
You can cry all you want, wallow in your misery, rend your clothing and demand adherence to your beliefs. As for me, I plan to laugh, to enjoy the day, and to make you sad and angry while I keep thought alive. Even the thought you find offensive.
Merry Christmas to all, from this old Jew.
Oh no. He didn’t just culturally appropriate, did he?
I think it is. Does that make me evil?
Have a great day.