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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

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 How 4/5 of the country became an oppressed minority

Check out Julian Sanchez's take on the annual Merry Christmas / Seasons Greetings hullabalou:
So are we really seeing an unprecedented wave of hostility toward either Christmas or Christianity? Or is it, rather, that the waning of the cultural hegemony to which some Christians have come to feel entitled is perceived as an attack? Many of the most loudly trumpeted complaints in this vein are, after all, complaints about the absence of special treatment: no special spot for the Ten Commandments in the courthouse rotunda; no pride of place for Christmas among those happy winter holidays; no exceptions for the Christian charity.

Since "special rights" has been a term of aspersion among conservatives for decades, would-be theocrats have at least the decency to be too ashamed to demand them explicitly. Instead, they've learned the power of the victim narrative, of framing the debate to cast themselves as underdogs.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dave S. said...

Why should you progressives get to have all of the fun with "the power of the victim narrative"?

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was popular for certain fascist-lead nations to describe themselves and/or their people as victims back in the 30s. It was one rationalization for the oppressive policies they exerted on others. Most recently, we've seen another extreme version of this mentality and tactic in the way the Serbs treated the Albanians within Serbia--"We're the victims!". Beware when the majority (really a righteous minority within the majority) start calling themselves "victims" as a group.

10:47 PM  

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