The end of the year is a great time to think back over all the American human race has accomplished. There will be no shortage of retrospectives across the Internet: Celebrity deaths, strangest letters to Dear Prudence, best Longform reads, top Christian songs. Tomorrow, I’ll share a retrospective of my own in the form of some of 2013’s top moments in religion.
But I would be remiss to let the end of the year go by unnoticed without first pointing you to my favorite religious moment of the year: Dinesh D’Souza’s Christmas Tree Infomercial. D’Souza, former president of The King’s College who resigned after admitting he “did not have any idea that it is seen as wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced even though separated.”
If we’re talking “best of,” I’m not sure I can choose my favorite moment of this video in which D’Souza, who doesn’t “endorse products…however, in this case, I wanted to talk about something…pretty incredible.” Is it the instrumental version of “Ode to Joy” playing throughout? Is it D’Souza’s suggestion that you buy his books with the money you save when you use coupon code FRIENDSOFDINESH at checkout? Is it the step-by-step explanation of how easy this tree is in comparison to messy, cumbersome “real” Christmas trees (“No more heavy tree parts or complicated electrical cords”)? Is it his total lack of self-awareness? I don’t know, and it’s too late now to even order the tree. The $50 savings plan was good only through December 20th, so I can’t even use my savings to order The Roots of Obama’s Rage or The End of Racism.
But don’t despair. An offer this good is sure to come around again. In the meantime, think of how far we’ve come this year. Or don’t. 2014 is sure to be better.