This card has become the source of amusement for many because of Rick Santorum’s decision to quote Jesus Christ and the New Testament on a Hanukkah message designed for Jews. Then again, only about 0.3 percent of the South Carolinian population is Jewish, so maybe he was hoping that no one would notice.
Yes, this was a strange and fairly stupid decision.
And yes, I acknowledge that it is highly unlikely that Santorum played a hands-on role in the design of the actual card. But gaffs like this serve as an indication as to the quality of the organization that the candidate has built and is leading.
But I think an even more egregious error exists in the message at the bottom of the card:
May Your Hanukkah be bright. Peace to you this Holiday Season
Nothing annoys me more than random and improper capitalization.
While the words May, Hanukkah and Peace should be capitalized for obvious reasons, there is no reason to capitalize You, Holiday and Season. These words are seemingly capitalized at random, with no identifiable reason or purpose.
Furthermore, the first sentence ends with a period but the second does not.
Yes, it’s true that the use of a quote by Jesus Christ on a card directed to Jews makes no sense and is especially stupid in light of the Christian tone that Santorum strikes in his campaign, but the absence of basic copyediting demonstrates, at least to me, a lack of attention to detail that I find even more disturbing.
Then again, I am an author and not very religious, so perhaps I am sensitive in ways different than most.