Marisa brings this week’s case against her husband Jay. Marisa and Jay have a young daughter, and they’ve blended their differing religious beliefs and upbringings (Marisa is a “spiritual” person who was raised Catholic, and Jay is an atheist who is culturally Jewish) into a new tradition that they are both happy to share with her. The two disagree about one thing, however: whether or not to display a manger in their home around Christmas time. Marisa is in favor of the display — she claims that because they celebrate Christmas, it is important for them to display a representation of the holiday’s religious roots. Jay, on the other hand, objects to the display for religious and aesthetic reasons. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman decides.
Evidence from Jay
A few of the manger statuettes.
The baby Jesus figure.
The menorah Jay’s mother had delivered to Jay and Marisa’s house.
Text from Jay’s mother regarding the menorah: “… do you like it or is it an imposition? I thought it was unusual and not too religious and pretty, but I didn’t see it in person.”
About the show
How to listen
Stream or download episodes directly from our website, or listen via your favorite podcatcher!