Time out from the perilous unsettled issues of the world for a vicarious scandal of Biblical proportion:
We refer, of course, to the hoopla in religious quarters over the new Starbucks cup that has been accused of being a sinful denial of Christmas. Some folks, including Bill O'Reilly, have been crying out that we moderns are generating a pagan war on Christmas. And now Starbucks, no pushover in the java business, has presented its millions of customers a coffee cup with all of the Christmas symbols removed.
As Larry David exclaimed on Saturday Night Live in his brilliant impression of Bernie Sanders: "We're doomed!"
Evangelical broadcaster Joshua Feuerstein went so far as to declare that Starbucks "hates Jesus". That should tell you how far piety has gotten out of hand in our alleged pluralistic society.
I will leave Starbucks' decision up to the company that made it. But war on Christmas, people? If you walk the long indoor lanes at Summit Mall and other retailing giants, you can't miss all of the new seasonal kiosks already aimed at sending you home with an item for the holidays.
And there are lit Christmas trees, holiday music, swags, and a place where the kids can meet Santa any day now. All of this, mind you, seven weeks before the Big Day.