Joe Fitzgerald’s token Christmas-loving Jew

By | December 9, 2009

To: letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the editor:

On Dec. 10, Joe Fitzgerald wrote about Irina Koltoniuc, his favorite Christmas-loving Jew, for the sixth time (“Jewish immigrant champions Christmas”).  Does he keep writing about the same woman because he’s too lazy to find someone else, or because he can’t find any other Jews willing to talk about how nice it is to have a religion they do not believe in shoved down their throats?

We can talk about the “conspiracy against Christianity” when Fitzgerald can write about a public school system which marks Christian kids with unexcused absences for observing their holidays, which is what the Boston Public Schools did to to a student recently for the Jewish holidays, or a city soccer league which prevents Christian kids from playing by scheduling all of its games on Sunday morning, as opposed to the all-Saturday-morning schedule which kept me out of the league.  And when was the last time Fitzgerald was unable to attend the Herald’s holiday party because he had to go to Mass?  To the detriment of my career, I will (once again) this year be missing my employer’s Friday-night party.

There is no “conspiracy against Christianity” in this country. There is, rather, a long overdue recognition that it’s not nice for the majority religion in this country to impose itself on everyone else.  Unfortunately, there’s a long way to go before non-Christians will truly be treated equally in the public sphere.  Maybe Fitzgerald should write about that.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Kamens

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3 thoughts on “Joe Fitzgerald’s token Christmas-loving Jew

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  2. Mike Haubrich, FCD

    How can you be so ungrateful that the Christians are defending the Judeo-Christian tradition in the United States? Or are you trying to point out that Cultural Crusaders for the Christ in Christmas are being disingenuous when they make such huff and puff over the secularization of “their” holiday? When they use “Judeo” are they merely paying lip service because the Nice Testament is attached to the Old Testament.

    Excellent letter. Those Christmas-defenders get such hurt feelings when non-Christians say “Hey, wait a second. It’s not my holiday and I don’t want the City Hall to make me feel like a second-class citizen.”

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