I used to think that Jane Austen was a little hard on English clergymen—most of them, like Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, are portrayed as boobs of the first order.

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for this item, revealing that things have not changed much since Austen’s time.

(Last week, some Anglican drip told a bunch of 5-year-olds that Santa Claus was dead.)

My favorite quote:

“If we are brutally honest, Christmas is probably a real chore. For some, it is more than a chore&#151it is the most painful time of the year.”

Most Americans realize that this is the typical roundabout way that an Englishman admits the obvious: that the real reason he doesn’t like Christmas is because he’s cheap.

And you thought Scrooge was from the 19th century.

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