When Did Santa Become a Religious Figure?

When Did Santa Become a Religious Figure?

For the second time this year Santa has been booted from a public school for being “too religious”. This time a high school in Hillsboro, Oregon sent its staff a memo stating that Santa wouldn’t be allowed:

We will not be holding a door decorating contest this year. You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.

When did Santa Claus become religious? Do people pray to Santa? Is he some kind of prophet? Is he a savior, a god or even a member of the clergy?

The Supreme Court ruled way back in the 1980s that Santa Claus is a secular figure. That means he’s NOT religious.

St. Nicholas is a religious figure — but he was just a priest. Not a prophet, a savior or a pope. But Santa Claus is none of those things.

Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. He flies in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. I can’t believe we need to cover this stuff.

But this Oregon high school is no different than the South Carolina PTA board that banned Santa earlier this year — for the same “religious” reasons.

How much more evidence will you require to see that the phony “war on Christmas” is really just a war on religion?

Mall Santa Puts Hillary on the Naughty List and Gets Sacked

Mall Santa Puts Hillary on the Naughty List and Gets Sacked

We receive reports of bad Santa every season. But in this year of politics you never know what you’re going to get. A mall Santa in Sanford, Florida has been canned for telling a little girl that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was on his naughty list. The girl’s mother — a Clinton voter — complained and Santa is now out looking for a new gig.

The mother, who hasn’t been named, said she took her two children to see Santa at the mall Tuesday.

Her four-year-old sat on Santa’s lap without any incident but, the mother said, his conversation with her ten-year-old daughter took an unexpected turn.

‘She tells Santa what she wants and then he tells her she’s on the nice list. He then says there’s only one name on the naughty list, can you guess who?’ the mother recounted on Facebook.

He then said it was Hillary Clinton and started laughing.

The mother said the comment upset her because it had ‘nothing to do with a child’ who believes in Santa Claus.

She got in touch with the management, who in turn called Santa’s hiring company.

The company apologized to the family and removed Santa from the mall. Santa, according to a company spokesman, said he thought his comment was a joke.

John Lewis Railed for Dissing Santa

John Lewis Railed for Dissing Santa

Uh-oh. Not everyone is happy with the new John Lewis Christmas ad breaking today in the UK. It seems they left out Father Christmas. Social media has erupted with cries of ‘What happened to Father Christmas?’ and ‘Who killed Santa?’.

Watch the ad yourself and let us know where you see the Big Guy:

Twitter especially is full of criticism that John Lewis has ruined Christmas for UK children.

Coming on the heels of a controversial US presidential election that has led to wide protests and after a year of difficult news in the UK is appears the John Lewis ad is disappointing to many.

Boy, the UK takes their Christmas ads hard. Talk about huge expectations.

Santa Claus Advocates for Marijuana

Santa Claus Advocates for Marijuana

Pick any other town in America and this is not a story at all. But when your town is North Pole, Alaska and a city councilor there is legally named Santa Claus — and he advocates for marijuana — well, then every press outlet in the free world picks up the story.

Let’s not get into the whole medical marijuana debate. That’s for responsible people far from the conversations about Christmas, religion and liberty. It’s just not the issue here.

Let’s talk instead about this dude who calls him Santa Claus.

We’ve been on his tail for years. Why? Because he’s using the name, the image and the reputation of St. Nicholas to draw publicity to himself and all of it is bad.

Years ago he lived in the Reno/Tahoe area of California and he described himself as an ‘advocate for children’. Great, right?

The thing is he never did much other than travel around getting his picture taken with mayors, governors and celebrities asking for donations and saying “be nice to kids”. He did this every holiday season after going to court and legally changing his name to Santa Claus.

Harmless? Well, seeing his advocacy never really addressed anything and the money was never accounted for you can’t help wondering what all his efforts were really for.

You decide. We think it is an irresponsible representation of the real St. Nicholas.

Today’s international news headlines are a good example why the careful use of Santa’s name and image is so important.

Any kid googling “Santa Claus” today is being taken to news stories showing that Santa approves of marijuana. Yes, buried in the details of the stories is the fact that this former-monk is a cancer sufferer and uses medical marijuana in his treatment. But we all know the kids aren’t going to read the story. All they will see are the headlines — here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Now, set aside the arguments of medical marijuana.

Think instead of the research that shows those under the age of 30 overwhelmingly think marijuana is harmless.

Santa “advocating” for marijuana in a headline isn’t going to help that truth.

This guy needs to learn he can be a town councilor, he can advocate for whatever he feels bests represents his constituents and that it doesn’t matter at the end of the day to anyone what Joe Blow thinks. But they care what Santa Claus thinks and this guy doesn’t speak for him.

He is a disgrace to all that is decent about Santa Claus — and he has been for years.

South Carolina PTA Boots Santa for Being Religious

South Carolina PTA Boots Santa for Being Religious

Here we go: another absurd, ill-informed and sadly wrong PTA has kicked Santa Claus from school pictures at a public school in South Carolina.

The reason? Because they want kids of all religious backgrounds to be included in the pictures. Santa is being replaced by a “winter wonderland” scene.

Santa is religious?

Show me where Santa is in the Bible, will you? Tell me where Santa has ever given a sermon, said a prayer or uttered a religious thought.

The Supreme Court LONG AGO declared Santa — and Rudolph and Frosty and other characters of Christmas — SECULAR.

Don’t mistaken this for mere political correctness. This is BLATANT religious discrimination. What the PTA in this school is doing is saying “If it can be remotely associated with Christianity, we’ll ban it.” That’s what this is.

It isn’t a War on Christmas. It is a War on Christians.

Get this right. Pictures of the kids are not taken with Jesus. Not a cross either. For years they have done it with SANTA CLAUS. Now they are saying Santa is “too religious”.

That’s an attack, folks.

According to the media reports there have only been mixed reactions to this news.

We don’t believe that for one second. People should be OUTRAGED.

Amy Grant Christmas Album Not Christian Enough

Amy Grant Christmas Album Not Christian Enough

Singer Amy Grant emerged as a Grammy award winning pop artist through the channel of Christian music, making her one of the first true Christian artists to break through in pop culture. She has had a legendary career. But her new Christmas album is not getting a lot of love from the land of her roots. Tennessee faith-based retailer LifeWay is refusing to carry Grant’s new Christmas album because it’s not Christian enough.

LifeWay, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, confirmed its retail stores are not carrying the album, but would not comment on the reasons for the decision. Both LifeWay headquarters and the Southern Baptist Convention are based in Nashville.

“We don’t discuss why we make product decisions,” said Marty King, LifeWay spokesman. “We’re presented every week with thousands of new products that we can carry. There are hundreds of thousands of products that we could carry online or in our stores. We’re only able to carry a few thousand.”

Grant’s new album, titled Tennessee Christmas, features 13 Christmas songs including the traditional hymns Joy to the World and O Come All Ye Faithful, both Christian standards. The rest of the album is filled with new original work and secular favorites such as Tennessee Christmas, White Christmas and the controversial Baby It’s Cold Outside.

The exclusion of Grant’s album from a bricks-and-mortar retailer is not likely to hurt sales (Grant’s album has had good reviews and appears to be enjoying some early success). But the bigger news of this event is that a Christian retailer is deeming — and demoting, it appears — what is Christian from a Christian artist.

The “war on Christmas” escapes no one, apparently.

Starbucks Wants Us All to Get Along

Starbucks Wants Us All to Get Along

Halloween is over and Starbucks is introducing their new Christmas cups. They do this every year but this year the world is watching because, well, last year was something of a mess. The much ballyhooed Starbucks’ cup controversy is hopefully a thing of the past as the company today introduces an all new cup featuring a picture of 100 people drawn by just one stroke of the pen.

Traditionally the holiday cup is red. But folks will be seeing green first thing on November 1st. (There is a festive red cup coming out…just not yet)

“The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO in a release.

In other words, all the moralizing last year taught nobody anything about moralizing over stupid cups. Starbucks remained above the fray last year but this year they see opportunity. You can bet baristas everywhere are tracking how many green cups they sell. Every cup is a sermon. Just ask the profits (prophets) of Starbucks.