No church on Christmas?

Apparently not, if you’re running a megachurch.

The contemporary American megachurch is built on one simple article of faith: The customer is always right. That principle, which Jesus of Nazareth, St. Paul, and St. Augustine might have had some trouble grasping, has now been carried to its logical extreme: if Christmas falls on a Sunday, cancel church so that parishoners can stay home with their families.

From all of us here at the RBC to all you blow-dried Mammon-worshipping megachurch entrepreneurs out there (no doubt a large proportion of our readership), a hearty “Happy Holidays!”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: