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 Houston’s premier performance of Handel’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”?

2 thoughts on “Hallelujah!”

  1. I would shudder to think that the man on the street doesn’t recognize “messiah” as Jesus Christ, or at least the role he fulfilled in Jewish history. Do you really think that this is the case?

    I think not. (But in the linked article, they did mention “Holiday” twice in close proximity, when “Christmas” would have done better.


  2. I hadn’t thought there might be an “ignorance” factor, too. Surely that can’t be right? That somebody would see the words “Handel’s Messiah” and have no idea what that meant?


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