Garrison Keillor: "Nonbelievers, please leave Christmas alone..."
(Tim, w/thanks to Gary) As I remember it, Garrison Keillor became a different kind of humorist back around the time of his first or second divorce. Once, back in the late seventies, he sent Dad a note telling him he'd been a fan of Dad's writing when he was a college student. In the early nineties when I edited a compilation of Dad's "Out of My Mind" pieces from Eternity, I asked Mr. Keillor if he'd write a short intro, and he was quite gracious to do so.
But I must say I've seen a hardening of the conscience in Mr. Keillor's humor and have largely lost my appetite. Then tonight, David and I had this piece forwarded by our dear brother, Gary Knapp. Yes, it's a little bit caustic, but I had to chuckle. Also to rejoice that Mr. Keillor still confesses Christ. He grew up a Covenant child. Pray for him, will you?
By the way, the most amazing part of this piece is Mr. Keillor's complaint...
about "all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck."
Didn't he know he's never supposed to mention Jews except in a laudatory way? Next thing you know, National Review will be running a cover article about how Garrison Keillor, too, has become something approximating, and yet not quite, anti-Semitic. Then again, it's likely a lot easier to smear Pat Buchanan and Joe Sobran than Garrison Keillor.