I won’t even pretend to be surprised that, once again, a Republican leader is trying to stir up the fears of the country’s Christian majority by imagining plots to denigrate Christianity. But John Kyl’s attempt to portray it as sacrilegious for the Senate to come back to work after Christmas – to deal with the backlog which Kyl and his colleagues have deliberately created – is even-more-than-usually lame.
Most Americans, of course, don’t find it a violation of their religious traditions to work during the week after Christmas, let alone the week after New Year’s. Even if they did, their employers wouldn’t put up with it. Perhaps Sen. Kyl is simply holier than the rest of us, and his religious sensibilities correspondingly more sensitive.
Sen. Reid doesn’t plan to have the Senate debate the START treaty on Christmas Day itself, but even if he did, I would refer Sen. Kyl to the words of a famous rabbi who was challenged by his more orthodox colleagues for healing the sick on a Saturday.
Update Jim DeMented goes Kyl one better: he actually uses the word “sacrilegious.” Reid isn’t having any: “I don’t need the sanctimonious lectures of Sens. Kyl and DeMint to remind me of what Christmas means.”