- Jay Parini: Starbucks dropping reindeer and ornaments from holiday cups -- is misguided nonsense
- He says such holiday symbols rooted in ancient rituals, not Christmas. Why strip even these mythic images, erase meaning from life?
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont and is the author of "Jesus: The Human Face of God." His newest book is "Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Starbucks has announced that it will remove all signs of Christmas from its cups this coming holiday season, offering a cup that, the company said, is a "blank canvas" on which customers can "tell their Christmas stories in their own way." The company appears to be giving in to some foolish idea about what is politically correct, somehow imagining this will make for a more "inclusive" atmosphere in its coffee shops.