While it’s nice to see Advent written about in a secular outlet like the Cincinnati Enquirer, it seems to fall under the same editorial policy that covers Church teaching on abortion: It can only be mentioned if “balanced” by other topics with tenuous or forced connections to the subject matter. In the case of abortion, that means the death penalty, just war, and “torture”; in the case of Advent, that means Hanukkah, the Islamic new year, some sort of Hindu festival, and — wait for it — Kwanzaa:

The Christian season of Advent, just beginning, has travelers following a star. The Jewish tradition of Hanukkah is a remembrance of the miracle of light marked by candles. The Islamic new year began earlier this month with the first sighting of a crescent moon after a period of lunar darkness. A festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists just passed. The African-American tradition of Kwanzaa, coming at the end of the year, uses as a central tradition the lighting of seven candles.

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