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By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 21, 2010

In a live broadcast, NIna Totenberg of National Public Radio revealed that she "was at-- forgive the expression-- a Christmas party." 

Shocking! There might have been innocent children listening when those words were broadcast. Imagine the psychological damage that might have been done to unformed minds, pushed to the untimely realization that some Americans celebrate the Nativity!

To make things worse, these remarks were aired by the Public Broadcasting System, subsidized by the taxpayers, in flagrant disregard for the Maginot Line of separation between church and state. 

The horror! The horror! 

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  • Posted by: Salome - Dec. 24, 2010 2:27 AM ET USA

    I'm all in favour of not having Christmas parties during Advent.

  • Posted by: Daniel Muller - Dec. 23, 2010 10:10 AM ET USA

    I agree that a reasonable explanation was provided for Miss Totenberg's comment. She was referring to an officially-designated "holiday" party in a truly daring way for a government employee. This is a good example of how sarcasm can backfire in a public forum.

  • Posted by: Animadversor - Dec. 21, 2010 10:32 PM ET USA

    Miss Totenberg doesn't seem to be in fact apologizing at all, but rather to be mocking the very hesitancy to mention Christmas in a public forum that some here are accusing her of exhibiting herself. This may be hard for some to credit, but I live in Manhattan where not many share our conservative point of view, and among the liberal multitude there are not a few who find the PC reluctance to mention Christmas more than a little silly and do not mind saying so. I vote not guilty on this charge.

  • Posted by: filioque - Dec. 21, 2010 7:27 PM ET USA

    Peace, brothers. While I am all in favor of celebrating Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ, I am not offended by Ms. Totenberg. The event she so hesitatingly described as a "Christmas party" no doubt had nothing to do with the Nativity and most likely entailed a fair amount of behavior that would not please the Christ Child. One should apologize for calling it a "Christmas party."

  • Posted by: mjarman7759049 - Dec. 21, 2010 3:58 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised she didn't say that "I have here in my hand a list of 205" Christians in the Justice Department. What... it's been done, you say?

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