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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coming to a Constructed Faith System Center Near You

When I saw the banner you see above on 51st Street today I paid it little mind at first. I am resigned to the genericization of Christmas (and have already posted a rant on the subject) but then noticed where the "Holiday Gift Market" was being held. The "St. Bart's" seen in the banner is not the island in the Caribbean, rather the faded but still somewhat fashionable Episcopal Church on the corner of 50th Street and Park Avenue.

It boggles the mind: a church afraid to use the word Christmas. No wonder the Episcopalians are deserting that institution at a rate of nearly three percent a year.

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