In this season especially we ought to find a kind word to say about the much maligned Ebeneezer Scrooge. Here's mine: Without Scrooge, the sexually prolific Cratchit wouldn't have a job and be able to support his brood! This thought is developed by Michael Levin in In Defense of Scrooge.
And is there not something preternaturally knuckleheaded about the calls from some liberals that the presentation of Dickens' masterpiece be banned? They ought to consider that there is more of anti-Capitalism in it than of Christianity -- an irony that no doubt escapes their shallow pates.