Column: Who’s winning war on common sense?


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After complaints about some nativity scenes in military dining halls at Guantanamo Bay, they were hauled away. Their presence was an unconstitutional governmental promotion of a religion, supposedly, and I can’t help wondering how much longer we are going to put up with Thursday.

Does no one know this day of the week was named after Thor, a Norwegian god? Does the word never appear on government calendars? Is there no one fanatical enough to take on this promotion outrage, too?

My suggestion is that what happened at the Guantanamo base was as much a war on common sense as it was a war on Christmas. Nothing, it sometimes seems, is any longer too tiny, too innocent, too ordinary to prevent a ringing of alarms that ought to be reserved for threats like burglars and hurricanes.

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