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The war on Christmas!

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December is that special time of year where lights are hung, spirits are high, presents are bought and the argument over what it’s all about comes up again. This year has not failed in producing a few special opinions from those who shame the name of Christians and Christmas spirit. I think white santa will be skipping the houses of some very naughty conservatives this year.

Fox News had a moment of sheer lunacy when anchor Megyn Kelly discussed that Santa is white. He just is. Deal with it, black kids. Just because it makes you uncomfortable doesn’t mean we need to change! She went on even more gracefully by stating “I mean, Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure and that’s verifiable fact, as is santa- I just want the kids watching to know that.” I am very curious how Jesus is historically known to be white when he lived in the Middle East. And the dear santa we know and love today isn’t what I would call a “historical figure.” I see no harm in having a Santa with different skin. Hey, if we can have a black president in the United States, anything is possible!

Ah, but the war doesn’t end there. Not only is Christmas being corrupted (because our materialistic santa-centered take on it is SO appropriate), but Christians themselves are being persecuted now! Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson came under fire for comments against homosexuality. Not only did his interview in GQ start a huge debate, but an anti-gay sermon recently surfaced where Robertson says “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents and they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” Wait, I’m confused. Who is being discriminated against?

With such incendiary comments, there are bound to be high emotions on both sides of the issue. GOP congressional candidate Ian Bayne (Illinois) likened Robertson to Rosa Parks.

“In December 1955 Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians.”

So when did Christians get jailed for sitting in the wrong seat or using the wrong bathroom, or are not allowed to marry the person of their choice? Is it because his position on the show has been threatened? People are arguing for his 1st amendment rights. Yes, he has the right to say bigoted, idiotic vitriol, but his employer has the right to fire him for poorly representing their brand.

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