The “War on Christmas” was muted this year, perhaps because so much actual armed conflict is happening around the world, but there were a few skirmishes. Under the heading of cognitive dissonance, it was hard to top the Palestinian protester in a Santa suit throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. Apparently he didn’t get the word from University of Maine officials who sent an email warning campus employees to avoid such subversive symbols as wreaths, candy canes, or lighted trees. They did this in the name of “diversity,” apparently with no sense of irony.
The Unredeemed Ebenezer Scrooge Award for 2014 went to the Dallas-bound American Airlines passenger who threw a tantrum when a gate agent wished him happy Christmas. His meltdown onboard when a flight attendant committed the same faux pas resulted in him being escorted from the plane — to the applause of the other passengers.
Perhaps the most gratuitous display of holiday season boorishness came from the Twitter account of religion-baiting scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The ubiquitous astrophysicist spent Christmas Day mocking those who celebrate the birth of Jesus.