Dennis Prager on Christmas, Christians, and Mikey Weintsein
Dennis Prager is a radio talk show host and “religious Jew” who recently wrote a column entitled “Most Jews Wish You a Merry Christmas,” saying he not only has no problem with “Merry Christmas,” he does have a problem with those people who take issue with it:
The notion that non-Christians are excluded is absurd.
Americans who feel “excluded” are not excluded. They have decided to feel excluded. Which is, of course, entirely their right to do…
Saying the “left” has the
aim of secularizing America — which means, first and foremost, the removal of as many Christian references as possible.
Prager segues into commenting on someone he calls an “anti-Christian” Jew: Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who has recently attacked Nativity scenes on military bases because, in part, some people feel “excluded” [emphasis added]:
Overwhelmingly, the Jews who are active in the removal of Christmas from society — such as Mikey Weinstein, the anti-Christian activist (with a soft spot for Islamists) who led the campaign to remove the manger scene from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina — are not religious Jews.
They are animated by one or both of two factors: One is leftism, which serves as a substitute religion for Judaism (and among many non-Jews for Christianity). The other is a psychological need to see Christianity suppressed; many people who have little or no religious identity resent those who do.
Prager’s assessment of Weinstein being “not religious” and needing to attack Christianity appears to be accurate; Weinstein has essentially said as much. For example, Weinstein has called himself (in the third person) a “secular Jew who prays” as well a “Jewish agnostic, or Jagnostic.” Further, Weinstein recently revealed the military Nativity incidents weren’t about religious freedom — they were about attacking “Christian privilege,” a telling admission worthy of another discussion in the future.
According to Fox News, Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation “said they were alerted by an undisclosed number of Airmen who said they were emotionally troubled by the sight of [the nativity scene].” That sentence should be reworded. Those who claim to be emotionally troubled by the sight of a nativity scene are not emotionally troubled by the sight of a nativity scene. They are emotionally troubled.
That might be a bit unfair, as the “victims” of the Nativity scene probably weren’t all that “emotionally troubled,” as most average observers could probably conclude. Weinstein likely coached their complaint letter to sound as pitiable and woeful as possible simply for effect.
Because for Weinstein, removing the Nativity was more important than either the truth or religious liberty.