A  letter writer in the Commercial Appeal today cries out for the Idiot of the Day Award. Or week. Or year. He says that Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus was written under the influence of drugs. “The drug of religion was the motivating factor…statements about having seen the face of God stretch our credulitybeyond its limits.” Then give me some of the drugs Handel used. His genius has persisted as has faith in God.

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