1. Crudely Wrott says

    Thanks, PZ. Nice chuckle!
    To you and yours, may you be happy, reestablish and invigorate bonds and may you keep on doing the things that you do.
    You are a font. Interesting things just keep spouting from you.
    Happy Holidays, my friend. Go well.

  2. Frederic Bourgault-Christie says

    A sign of how powerful apologetics of all kinds can be: I had heard (and can’t track down the origin of) a claim that Santa gave coal to bad children so even bad children had a useful gift. But as I was trying to track it down, it became clear that not only was this not terribly well documented, but the Santa Claus equivalents would bring gifts ranging from garlic to salt to twigs (and that’s putting aside Krampus-type entities). They really did bring bad things for bad kids, because of course parents wanted to control their childrens’ behavior.

    Modern apologetics similarly try to excuse Jesus (whose maxim is actually far worse).