Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Dec 25 17:55:03 UTC 2010

Jonathan, I suspect that saying "Merry Holidays" to a group that includes Christians could be regarded as an act of violence.  Especially on Xmas Day!  After all, as everybody knows, a war on Christmas is being waged.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Saturday, December 25, 2010 12:45 PM

2008 Susan Neiman _Moral Clarity_ (Orlando: Harcourt) 12: Abraham at Mount
Moriah...doesn't ask anything at all. To do so, he thinks, would be an act
of superstition, even violence.

 "Radical defiance"?  "Unthinkable spiritual liberty"?  A little semantic
clarity would be useful. The context helps not at all.

Professor Neiman, a well-known philosopher who has taught at Yale, is
Director of the Einstein Forum.

Merry Holidays!


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