Melania Trump and Christmas

Melania Trump and Christmas

Melania Trump and Christmas have, overall, had a bumpy history in her time as First Lady.

It seems that despite her best efforts she just cannot do anything right. To be fair — because so few are these days when it comes to Mrs. Trump — the media has a far longer history of hating Christmas.

Tonight many of them are gleefully throwing Mrs. Trump under the Christmas bus for comments she made in a privately recorded phone call.

The tapes of the call expose a conversation where Mrs. Trump is expressing her frustration over the media’s lack of cooperation in covering a story about immigrant children.

In the course of that conversation she said, “I’m working … my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f*** about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?”

Melania Trump and Christmas

From this conversation many of the media and on social media are accusing Mrs. Trump of being anti-Christmas and re-igniting the so-called War on Christmas.

“Talk about a war on Christmas,” Anderson Cooper snarked in his interview with Wolkoff after airing the tape. “It’s funny that she would be leading that.”

We have been fearful for sometime that Christmas would be dragged into the politics of 2020 and here we go.

This situation, however, has nothing to do with Christmas and Mrs. Trump’s comments should not be taken out of context. If you listen to the whole recording she is complaining about how as First Lady she cannot get attention to the situation with immigrant children at the border because the media would not cover it. Instead, the media was obsessed with her activity in decorating the White House for Christmas (which the media repeatedly trashed her for).

None of this has anything to do with Christmas. There is nothing in her comments to indicate a dislike for Christmas or Christmas decorating. That has not stopped social media from disparaging her mercilessly:

Honestly, while we are fairly certain of President Trump’s take on Christmas we honestly cannot speak to Mrs. Trump’s true feeling about Christmas.

We do not believe, however, that these recordings reflect an anti-Christmas attitude as many are trying to spin it. Clearly Mrs. Trump – and Christmas – is being used for political grandstanding.

Christmas has no place in this campaign season.

Christmas is about peace. It is being used in this context (out of context, that is) in a battle.

This is shameful and it is everything we stand against.

Hallmark Under Fire Again

Hallmark Under Fire Again

When Hallmark announced their new movie line-up for 2020 they once again were chastised by LGBTQ advocates for not having any LGBTQ stories, characters or plotlines in their productions. Hallmark had previously aired a same-sex wedding in a commercial in December 2019 which resulted in a protest of the channel by a conservative group called One Million Moms.

Hallmark yanked the commercial, then reinstated it after a few days of getting scorched on social media.

After dismissing and replacing their CEO, Hallmark has just announced they will develop LGBTQ movies to include in their Christmas content.

One Million Moms is on offense again. One Million Moms posted a petition stating that “so many people feel betrayed by Hallmark over these past seven months,” claiming that families can’t watch “without being bombarded by politically correct commercials and the LGBTQ agenda.” The post goes to cite a verse from the Bible and list what One Million Moms will be boycotting in reaction to Hallmark exploring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark wrapping paper, greeting cards, and Christmas ornaments.

For now, Hallmark appears to be holding their ground. One executive released a statement say, “Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors. We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.”

Obviously, One Million Moms (or less or more, depending on who you ask) do not feel included. According to the One Million Moms website, the organization began to “give moms an impact with the decision-makers and let them know we are upset with the messages they are sending our children and the values (or lack of them) they are pushing.”

It will be interesting to see how Hallmark intended to deal with this situation. They are bound to be bullied by either side.

Hallmark as a lock on Christmas television, with their endless productions of schmaltzy Christmas movies earning them hundreds of millions of dollars a year. So a lot is at stake with this situation.

Indiana Town Cowers from Bullying ACLU

Indiana Town Cowers from Bullying ACLU

It is a familiar Christmas story in America: a community adopts a symbol of the season — a Nativity, a tree or something similar — then the city gets threatened. Fearing a costly public battle city officials quickly give in. This time it is Knightstown, Indiana and the symbol is a cross atop a city Christmas tree. The ALCU calls that “establishment of a state religion”.

According to several media reports Knightstown resident Joseph Tompkins argues that the Christian symbol on display in the Knightstown town square violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit is seeking for removal of the cross, monetary damages and declaration that the cross display violates the First Amendment.

Tompkins, and the ACLU, agree that the cross is offensive and “forcing” religion on those who don’t want it. What they want is money and to force EVERYONE in Knightstown to believe as Tompkins believes. In essence, if this case is won by the ACLU Knighstown will be forced to be atheist.

Nobody will see it that way, of course.

The community has responded as you would expect. Crosses are suddenly everywhere.

But this will end as it always ends. The cross comes down. There will be no court case. And yet another sad chapter in misreading the Constitution will be written.

The suit says Tompkins “is forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact” with the cross on top of the tree as he drives through town. This, the suit says, has caused him “irreparable harm,” which can only be remedied by taking the cross down and paying Tompkins monetary damages.

The only “irreparable harm” comes from an elected City council that won’t stand up for itself and for the people it represents. They should counter sue for damages caused by all the publicity and take it to the ACLU. Hit them where they live — in the pocketbook.

It’s the American way.

Atheist Hijacks Festivus to Mock Nativity and Trump

Atheist Hijacks Festivus to Mock Nativity and Trump

There he goes again. Famed anti-everything Chaz Stevens has once again erected a Festivus pole opposite a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Normally he has that pole firmly parked up his backside but he drags it out every Christmas, er, Festivus, to air his grievances.

And what grievances they are. He replaces that pole with one serious weed.

He hates religious freedom, you see. He hates people who believe in God, peace, love and hope. And he wants to wrestle control over these things. He won’t stop at banning.

We wrote about him first in 2012, when he pitched a fit as he lost a case to get the Nativity scene off city property in Deerfield Beach.

Deciding to join the fray with the construction of his own “holiday” display, Stevens selected Festivus — an imaginary holiday born of the television show, Seinfeld — and put up a humble pole made of beer cans.

The media just ate it up and gave Stevens all the publicity he wanted. He brought his beer cans back in 2013.

He’s been back every year and each year the media darling gets such a big stage on the likes of CNN that he paints more absurdity into his “protest”.

Last year, just to rankle Christians, his Festivus pole was themed gay, in order to support the LGBT movement. Forget the fact that nobody has a problem with gays celebrating either Christmas or Festivus.

Stevens point was to mock, no matter how absurd his display made his statement.

Christmas is evidently okay with Stevens because he perpetually uses Christmas-themed stuff on his pole, which is technically a violation of the tenets of Festivusim. The pole isn’t supposed to have any decoration because it’s “too distracting”.

This year the barber-pole design includes a tip of the hat — literally — to Donald Trump. Stevens has filed for a permit to burn it down at some point (a modern Yule log?).

Nothing is sacred to Stevens and he resents what is sacred to others.

He tramples and mocks the beliefs of others in order to pursue a political agenda that includes religious suppression, militant atheism, and a host of radical issues that includes embracing Satanism (which makes no sense when one advocates atheism but common sense seems to be far from Stevens’ agenda).

His goal is to erect Festivus poles in all fifty state capitols.

You see, his fight to get a Nativity scene removed in Florida backfired. Instead of removing the scene he was told to put up his own holiday display. He was told to embrace the principle of liberty he wants to deny everyone else: he was told to express his free speech, to exercise the freedom of HIS religion.

And he does that year after year. His religion is mockery, denial and darkness.

With each passing season Stevens showcases his bitter monument to suppressing the ideas of others.

His display, his actions and his words showcase that he’s anti-peace, anti-love, anti-Christ, anti-goodwill.

He wants to take your religion — any religion — and put it in a box where it isn’t seen or isn’t heard.

It won’t be allowed.

He wants, in his circular thinking, to make HIS religion everyone’s religion. He believes in nothing and that is what he wants to impose on everyone.

Think about it. If he is successful in suppressing all religion only HIS religion will be the one acknowledged.

Atheism is a convenient cloak. It is a broad umbrella which is used by political activists to hide behind. Don’t be fooled by this.

Stevens likely is no atheist. We doubt he gives much thought at all to things spiritual, which many true atheists do.

If he did, his actions would not support the attack on those who believe differently than him.

Stevens wants several things in his quest, and little of them have to do with Christmas.

He wants a society where all are held to one standard — his standard. By force.

He wants religion removed from the public discourse entirely.

That means not only no Christmas but also no churches.

And if there are churches he wants them taxed and regulated.

The State decides everything. The State is Omnipotent. He wants devotion only to the State.

He desires a State that engineers everything — from sexuality to medical care to population control to private property ownership.

Chaz Stevens is not about rights. He’s not about beer cans or burning poles to defy Trump. He’s certainly not about Christmas. He’s about force and denial of the human spirit.

The way to combat this is to allow Stevens to put up his pole year after year.

Let the contrast show between his darkness and the light of truth found in Christmas.

And let the media fawn over him. Applaud his right to mock, jeer and pronounce what you believe to be silly, profane and idiotic. By his fruits he will be known.

And if he does burn that pole I say we all show up. Bring marshmallows. Or chestnuts.

He’s using Christmas. He is using atheism. He is using Festivus.

He is even using Satanism (he wanted to pray to Satan in order to stop prayers from being said at civic events and it worked).

Chaz Stevens is a user who will stop at nothing to control your first amendment rights. That’s what his pole is all about.

Florida Family Fights City Hall and Wins

Florida Family Fights City Hall and Wins

They Hyatt family of Plantation, Florida fought off a lawsuit by the city against their Christmas display — and won. The famous display of more than 200,000 Christmas lights has been in and out of the news for several Christmas seasons as the City of Plantation, Florida has tussled with them over traffic and disruption to their neighborhood.

The acrimonious relationship spilled over into the media and soon it became a David-vs-Goliath story as the mayor personally became involved in the dispute.

As local police force and traffic measures were put in place to help deal with the crowds costs escalated for the city. Seeing no recourse, they first fined the Hyatt family and then sued them in court for creating a public nuisance.

Today the court said the Hyatt’s could continue their display — and that the city will just have to deal with it.

The Hyatts have thousands of supporters, both inside and outside of the city limits but none of this patches things up with the neighbors. One neighbor right across the street has moved just to get away from the mess the display creates every December.

According to local media reports the city failed to prove the Hyatts were bothering anyone. They didn’t present a single neighbor to testify against them nor proof the event increased trash or traffic in the area.