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.

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.

Aussie Christmas Fans Upset Over VirginMobile’s Grumpy Santa

Aussie Christmas Fans Upset Over VirginMobile’s Grumpy Santa

We’ve been tipped off by Christmas fans in Australia of a new ad campaign by Virgin Mobile that features a grumpy, swearing Santa.

“Advertisers here are becoming more like their American counterparts every day!” one fan writes in an email. “Why do they have to show Father Christmas this way? It is not funny.”

In the ad — which touts a $100 Virgin Mobile gift card — Santa is seen lounging by the pool when he is interrupted by an elf who reminds him that he needs to send the cards as gifts for Christmas in July.

The commercial shows a very irritated Santa who tells the elves, “Pack my sack, the f*cking holiday is over”, and the elves cheer in celebration as he walks off grumbling.

The ad comes during a time when advertisers are under fire for depicting Santa Claus in a less than flattering light.

This commercial would most certainly be guilty of that: