Merry Christmas Mr. Krauthammer

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Christians have gotten pushed around long enough. It's time to fight back.

By Matthew Yglesias

Web Exclusive: 12.22.04

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'There's one group of people who get bullied all the time, and that's Christians,' Pastor Patrick Wooden told the Los Angeles Times on December 17. 'I know what it is like to be bullied. It is apartheid in reverse -- the majority is being bullied by the minority.'

The proximate cause of his complaint is the campaign by Jews, secularists, and Jewish secularists to get people to say 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas.'

Indeed, a similar dispute roiled South Africa following the passage of 1974's Afrikaans Medium Decree, which forced all schools to educate high-school students in the Afrikaans dialect, to the exclusion of native African tongues. Thus, rather than saying 'Merry Christmas' in Bantu, black South African students had to say it in Afrikaans.

The analogy is rather better than even Wooden himself seems to realize. Apartheid already was the bullying of South Africa's black majority by the white minority.

The more you think about it, the closer the comparison seems to fit. Take the legal system. Christians, as we know, are marginalized in the American judiciary. Only seven of the nine Supreme Court justices are nominal Christians, and of the seven, just two -- Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas -- regularly approve of efforts to codify theological norms as legal ones. More shockingly, from the appointment of Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court in 1916 through the resignation of Abe Fortas in 1969, there has been consistently one Jewish justice -- though Jews never even approached one-ninth of the U.S. population. After"