Trumps Says 8 Words, Media Freaks About Christmas in July

Trumps Says 8 Words, Media Freaks About Christmas in July

All the President said was “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again”. Eight little words.

And the media went crazy.

US News said: “The “Christmas” remark echoes the “war on Christmas” rhetoric of some conservatives who contend political correctness has run amok.”

The Washington Post says, “The war on Christmas came early this year.”

The Ring of Fire Network (whatever that is) said, “While most of the country suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, made worse by global warming, President Donald Trump is busy looking forward to the cooler temperatures of winter and the politicizing of Christmas that is sure to come.”

The Huffington Post was best of all. They accused the President with this screaming headline: Trump Launches War on Christmas in July

Patheos — of all places — boldly says “The War on Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year.”

This, of course, is all hilarious. We tried to tell you what a beautiful thing Donald Trump would be to the ever-entertaining “War on Christmas”. Let the chaos reign.

What is the media really saying here?

Let us work this out for you.

They are saying the War on Christmas is back. They will go ape-crap crazy with it this year because they can say now, “Trump started it!”.

The media hates, hates, hates, hates Christmas. They always have. And President Donald Trump is just too delicious a target for them.

The entertaining thing here is that Trump thinks he’s got the media’s number of this — and the media thinks the world agrees with them on Christmas.

News flash, morons: The War on Christmas ended long ago and Christmas won. Christmas always wins.

But this year there will be war anyway.

And we’re digging it.

Trump Vows to Fight the War on Christmas

Trump Vows to Fight the War on Christmas

Donald Trump is championing everything in his quest to become president. He’s become the latest to soldier in the war on Christmas.

In an interview on the campaign trail early this week Trump stated his belief in a war on Christmas and vowed to take action once elected:

“There’s an assault on anything having to do with Christianity,” Trump said. “They don’t want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores. There’s always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side. I will assault that. I will go so strongly against so many of the things, when they take away the word Christmas.”

“I go out of my way to use the word Christmas,” he added.

As usual, Trump is ahead of his presidential rivals on this issue and he is not afraid of who he offends. It is doubtful that anyone beyond Sarah Palin will even mention Christmas.

The Christmas Trees of Korea

The Christmas Trees of Korea

A whole new twist on the “war on Christmas” comes from Korea — North and South — in recent weeks. The following information makes the so-called western “war on Christmas” almost seem silly in comparison. At the center of it all is the Christmas tree — or, as they call, it — a weapon of real war.

South Korean Christians made international headlines last month with the lighting of a 100-foot tower shaped like a Christmas tree. The act so angered North Korean officials that they declared it “an undisguised challenge to us and an unacceptable provocation”. It warned that staging “psychological warfare” along the border would be a “rash act” that could ignite war on the peninsula. North Korea is a totalitarian state that long ago banished religion and sent practicing Christians to prison camps.The idea that Christmas could exist there in any form is absurd.

Lost in the coverage of a bizarre visit to North Korea by Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is the blogged account of the trip from Schmidt’s daughter, Sophie.

It was her comments and pictures of North Korean Christmas trees that caught our eye.

Imagine it: Christmas trees in North Korea.

Forget what a Christmas tree means to us. What must it mean to North Koreans?

The Christmas tree is a secular symbol of the season. Tied anciently to pagan practices it is commonly explained by historians to be one of the adopted traditions Christians exploited in expanding the celebration of Christmas.

In republican environments the idea of Christmas trees is argued every season as an appropriate part of public holiday celebration. We grapple over whether to call it a Christmas tree or a holiday tree.

Sophie Schmidt mentioned that her “handler”, when questioned about the Christmas trees she saw, jokingly referred to them as “New Year’s trees”. Of the many wry observations of her visit to that bizarre state this was the most ironic observation for us.

It tells us that even in the bleak landscape of North Korea hope survives and the Christmas tree, whether it is a religious symbol to them or not, remains an ever present symbol nonetheless.

Sacred or Secular?

Leslie Carroll had seen enough.

When his 8-year old son starting singing “holiday carols” learned at school Leslie knew he had to get involved. In calling the school he was told that Christmas was “equalized” with other cultural events during December. Along with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, Christmas was “observed” in a teaching unit titled “celebrating diversity”.

For Leslie, a born-again Christian, the offense was almost too much to bear. To him, Christmas is held sacred. The Carrolls celebrate Christmas in their home with a tree and “a few presents”, Leslie notes. But central to their Christmas observance is a season of worship.

“The school was making every effort to be politically correct,” Leslie admits. “And in the process they represented just about everything wrong about Christmas. They didn’t touch on a single religious theme. At no point did they even approach mentioning Jesus Christ. In fact, they portrayed Christmas in such a way that it caused a conflict within my son – who learns at home that Christmas is a holy day, while the school tells him it is merely a holiday. If they are going to teach Christmas at all, why can’t they also cover how Christmas is observed religiously in our society? Why just represent the secular view of Christmas? That’s not balanced teaching. That’s not fair. And it is not really politically correct either.”

According to a 2005 study more than 85% of all Americans celebrate Christmas. You would think that overwhelming majority would mean relative peace about Christmas in the public discourse. But the devil is in the details.

Of that 85%, more than half consider Christmas to be a religious observance. Less than half view Christmas as a purely secular holiday. That clear division is what muddies the merry waters of the “war on Christmas”.

Complicating matters, of the majority who view Christmas as sacred, 77% say not enough spiritual emphasis is placed on the holiday. Popular cultural influences such as movies and music, teaching of Christmas in the schools, and the portrayal of Christmas in the media detract from the spiritual significance of the season, according to study participants.

From where Diane Knoffler is sitting, the view is a little bit different.

Diane’s family background is Jewish but they celebrate Christmas every year with a tree and a Menorah. “Christmas is just as much an American holiday as it is a religious observance for some,” Diane says. “We don’t believe in Jesus and we don’t celebrate his birth, as great a story as that is. We don’t believe in Saint Nick but we do love Santa Claus. We keep Christmas in this way because it is an American thing to do. In July we light firecrackers, in October we carve pumpkins, in the spring we hide Easter eggs and every December we celebrate Christmas. We love it.”

Diane says she takes no offense of Christmas taught in the schools.

“I don’t really care,” Diane admits. “My kids can learn about Jesus at school. Obviously he is a significant historical figure that affects many people. So was Mohammed. So was Moses. If non-Jewish kids learn about the Menorah at school it seems to me that exposure is good for the Jews. Likewise the same can be said of what Christmas represents for Christians. I’m fine with it. Just teach it, don’t preach it.”

Not every one has Diane’s open mind. Of the nearly 1300 respondents to the Christmas study, more than 93% admit that teaching religious history relative to Christmas at school is a bad idea.

“We’ll never do it right,” admits Charlene Heald, an elementary school teacher in Roy, Utah. “Christians cannot agree on the very nature of Jesus and God, let alone which version Christmas history to use. We’d offend more than we do now. Secular representation of Christmas is much safer than trying to satisfy all the viewpoints that exist about Christmas. Besides, it’s December and curriculum needs are far beyond giving that much time and that many resources to holidays.”

Ironically, just who is “offended” by Christmas in public schools might surprise you. “I’d rather they just take Christmas out of the schools,” Leslie Carroll says. “If they cannot represent it completely they shouldn’t
represent it at all. We don’t teach the American Revolution and keep George Washington out of it, do we? Neither should we short-change Christmas in the classroom.”

This Christmas, as we see every Christmas, the debate will continue. Somewhere someone will be offended at Christmas in public. A school will come under fire, a parent will be outraged, politicians will preach
tolerance and television pundits will raise warning flags of the demise of Christmas.

But for the Carolls and the Knofflers, Christmas will come. The Carrolls will pray. The Knofflers may not. But both will open their presents together by the tree and wish each other a Merry Christmas.