Self-described “practicing Jew” Jeff Jacoby has some sensible thoughts about the recent furor here in Boston over calling the large spruce in Boston Common a “Holiday Tree.”
But suppressing the language, symbols, or customs of Christians in a predominantly Christian society is not inclusive. It’s insulting.
It’s discriminatory, too. Hanukkah menorahs are never referred to as ”holiday lamps” — not even the giant menorahs erected in Boston Common and many other public venues each year by Chabad, the Hasidic Jewish outreach movement. No one worries that calling the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by its name — or even celebrating it officially, as the White House does with an annual ”iftaar” dinner — might be insensitive to non-Muslims. In this tolerant and open-hearted nation, religious minorities are not expected to keep their beliefs out of sight or to squelch their traditions lest someone, somewhere, take offense. Surely the religious majority shouldn’t be expected to either.