The politically correct Handel’s Messiah, right here in my hometown:
Both an awe-inspiring holiday tradition and a memorable religious experience, Handel’s Messiah returns this holiday season. Guest conductor Christopher Seaman leads Houstonâ€™s premier performance of Handelâ€™s choral masterwork, which includes the timeless Hallelujah Chorus.
Would it be so bad to actually say that the music’s title is about Jesus Christ and was written to honor him? Do we really have to go to such great lengths to avoid the word “Christmas?” As OpinionJournal says today:
Handel With Care
By and large we agree with those who prefer to call Christmas “Christmas,” rather than those who insist on the generic “holiday,” which is supposedly more palatable to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Unitarians, Zoroastrians, Taoists, Sikhs, deists, pantheists, atheists, agnostics and adherents of the Baha’i faith, even though we fall into one of those 14 categories. But the effort to be sensitive to non-Christians can lead to some very funny results. If they really want to be sensitive to those who can’t stomach “Christmas,” shouldn’t they change the name of the work to, say, Handel’s “Dude”?
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