This is not simple.
I have been imagining the decor in what was called the "holiday party" at the public health facility in San Bernardino. Only three days later was it described as a Christmas party, with Christmas tree and who knows what other decorations.
Then President Obama is seen addressing the nation on the subject of terrorism with a Christmas tree off to one side. Anyone who reads this blog has figured out that I am Christian and that my religion is part of my identity, both social and musical.
But I can't help but wonder how left out people feel when surrounded by the trappings of a culture based on a religion they do not profess.
A friend told me yesterday that that's why Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas Day. We looked it up online. Sure enough: The tradition goes back to the early days of immigration from those two non-Christian cultures.
Maybe we all need to be more sensitive to the possibility of other identities: to be, in fact, more Christian in our sympathetic understanding of others, of whatever otherness. That, to my view, would be the most effective way to fight domestic terrorism.