The Daily Currant is not a serious news website. That does not stop the world from reporting what they read there as actual news. On December 26th The Daily Currant posted a story about Bill O’Reilly getting arrested for punching out a Macy’s Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for saying “Happy Holidays” to him. Like everything posted at the parody website, it was not true. But that does not seem to stop the O’Reilly haters from, well, hating more.
The games of the American War on Christmas pale in comparison with what goes on in other parts of the world. Today a Middle East news site is reporting action by the Saudi government to crack down on a party of 41 people “plotting to celebrate Christmas”.
The raid is the latest in a string of religious crackdowns against residents perceived to threaten the country’s strict religious code.
The host of the alleged Christmas gathering is reported to be an Asian diplomat whose guests included 41 Christians, as well as two Saudi Arabian and Egyptian Muslims. The host and the two Muslims were said to be â€œseverely intoxicated.â€
The guests were said to have been referred to the “respective authorities.” It is unclear whether or not they have been released since.
The kingdom, which only recognizes Islamic faith and practice, has in the past banned public Christmas celebrations, but is ambiguous about festivities staged in private quarters.
Over the years we have seen Santa in both a good and a bad light. But 2012 has been a rough year for Sal Lizard, a so-called professional Santa who has been promoting his new book all season while appearing as Santa as he does every year. Recently he was on FoxNews where he was goaded into discussing the War on Christmas…and he took the bait:
Who is Santa Claus to engage in political discussion? Does Lizard not realize that there is nothing offensive in the term “Happy Holidays”? The only people calling “Happy Holidays” politically correct are those who say “Merry Christmas” is maligned (as does Lizard). There is nothing remotely offensive in the term “Happy Holidays:, just as there is nothing offensive in the term “Merry Christmas”. In this case, one good turn does not deserve another. Lizard demeans the image of Santa by lowering Santa to the level of political hacks. That should never be Santa’s schtick.
Shame on Santa Lizard for going there. We are sure he didn’t want to engage in the debates of the War on Christmas but we ARE sure he wants to sell more books. Shame on Sal for using the image of Santa out there like that. What ever it is that he claims he learned in “Being Santa” it is clear he has not learned enough.
Imagine this: a New England town held a holiday event featuring a pine tree festively decorated with lights and December seasonal decorations. Being New England they had to be careful what they called it. After all, this is the land where Christmas was once banned. So they put up their tree and called it holiday tree, just like their famous neighbors, Rhode Island.
Then someone called the city. “That’s not a holiday tree,” they complained. “That’s a Christmas tree.” The caller didn’t want the tree taken down. He just wanted the tree called what it really is.
After hours of painstaking and heart wrenching debate the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance describing the city lighted tree they display every December…a Christmas tree.
Put this city on the map for a letter to come soon from the FFRF in 2013.