An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.
Easy mistake to make for progressives, who don’t know what Christianity is about and leave its mysteries to the despised bitter clingers. Here’s my stab at an explanation for them: Christianity is a non-Muslim religion, and unlike that one, or other officially recognized cults, holds that “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Christians believe that this Son, whom they call Jesus, joined us in the muck of daily human existence and is involved in humans’ lives right now, offering them a path to redemption. It’s this latter concept that so baffles progressives because redemption, for them, comes from the government, not some mythical spiritual being (although Obama does combine both, miraculously). They have heard of that “render unto Caesar” bit, but not the rest of it – to them, everything belongs unto Caesar, so what’s this other stuff about?