Posts tagged "War On Christmas"
Fox News contributor busted again for pushing fake story about persecution of Christians (via Raw Story )

A Fox News correspondent has been busted again for pushing a one-sided story claiming religious persecution of Christians. Todd Starnes helped promote a story about a California first-grader who allegedly was not allowed to give a one-minute presentation…

Who Is Pastor Robert Jeffress?

Long before he was making appearances on America’s most watched cable news shows, Robert Jeffress was acting as the young pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Despite his Evangelical background, Jeffress’ early ministry work wasn’t defined by fire-and-brimstone-type condemnations of homosexuality. In 1998, however, Jeffress made his first public foray into the culture war. According to D Magazine's Michael J. Mooney:

He had just finished preparing a portion of a sermon titled “We Cannot Condone What God Has Condemned” when a member of his church came to him one morning with two books from the Wichita Falls public library. The books, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate, are both about children raised by gay couples, and the latter features an illustration of two men in a bed together.

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He thought about those books. And when he was preaching his message that Sunday, something welled up inside of him. The words just came out. “I’m gonna take my stand right here!” he said. “I’m not gonna return these books!”

Jeffress went on to spearhead an effort to remove the books from the Wichita Falls public library - an effort that earned him national attention as the City Council and ACLU became involved in the dispute. A judge eventually ruled that it was unconstitutional to exclude the books from the library, but the incident helped propel Jeffress’ popularity among Evangelicals, and his congregation expanded as a result.

In 2007, Jeffress became the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, where his national profile continued to grow. In March of 2013, the church opened a new $130 million church campus - completing the “largest Protestant church building campaign in modern history.”

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Since spearheading the campaign to get gay-friendly books removed from the Wichita Falls public library, Jeffress hasn’t evolved much in his views on homosexuality or the LGBT community. Though he claims he’s now willing to consider the possibility that homosexuality is a “genetic predisposition,” Jeffress has peddled a number of extreme anti-gay smears, including:

Jeffress’ bigotry isn’t just directed at LGBT people; he’s also made a number of disparaging comments about other religions, including the claim that Islam is a violent religion that “promotes pedophilia" and that Muslims, Mormons, and Jews are doomed to go to hell.

Jeffress’ extremism hasn’t got unnoticed. In February of 2013, former NFL player Tim Tebow announced that he was withdrawing from an event held at Jeffress’ church after being informed about the pastor’s history of bigoted comments:

Jeffress denied the charges of extremism, supported by a number of prominent right-wing media figures. Fox News reporter Todd Starnes published several columns accusing the “anti-Christian media" of having "smeared" the pastor, and notorious hate group American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer cited the incident to argue that Jeffress had become "the Most Important Man in America.”

But Tebow’s public rebuking of Jeffress’ extremism hasn’t been enough to temper the pastor’s public rhetoric. In a press release for his new book Perfect Ending, Jeffress asserted that President Obama’s policies are “paving the way for the Antichrist.”

Nor has it deterred cable news outlets from treating Jeffress like a credible media commentator. In December, for example, CNN invited the pastor to discuss the controversy surrounding anti-gay remarks made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jeffress used the opportunity to defend his view that gay men are more likely to be pedophiles than straight men.

H/T: MMFA

On Sunday, John Hagee delivered a sermon to his congregation during which he raged against the supposed “War on Christmas” which he began by declaring that America was founded as, and still remains, a Christian nation. As such, if atheists and humanists don’t like being wished a “Merry Christmas” … well, they can just get out of the country.

Telling atheists to get out of America is one of Hagee’s favorite pieces of advice, so it was no surprise to hear him declare it again during his Sunday sermon when he told any atheists listening that "if you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy To The World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer, or you can just exercise your right to leave the country; planes are leaving every hour on the hour, get on one."

h/t: RWW

Rep. Lamborn cites ‘pluralism’ to push ‘save Christmas’ bill that excludes all other religions (via http://crooksandliars.com)

By David December 24, 2013 10:16 am The hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday thanked Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for what they said was a “bipartisan effort” to “save Christmas,” while excluding all other holidays from all other religions. The hosts…



 
Bill O’Reilly uses image of dark-skinned Saint Nicholas to prove Santa is white (via Raw Story )

Monday night on his Fox News show, host Bill O’Reilly defended his colleague Megyn Kelly, who recently made news for declaring Santa to be a white man. “As you may know, Ms. Megyn Kelly causing some controversy after she said last week that Santa…



 

From the 12.16.2013 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show: We leftists do NOT wanna take away Christmas, much to your chagrin, Rush!

Bodie Hodge of Answers In Genesis, the group that runs the Creation Museum, recently authored a book about the “War on Christmas” and launched the “War On Christmas Insider Team” to help people defend the supposedly imperiled holiday.

Today, Hodge stopped by the American Family Association’s show Today’s Issues and chatted with AFA head Tim Wildmon and research director Ed Vitagliano about the mindset of supposed anti-Christmas agitators…which led him to argue that non-Christians shouldn’t even take any days off of work.

“If you thought about it, a secular, atheistic worldview, you know they don’t want Christmas,” Hodge said. “Well, why don’t they go up and say, ‘I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special. Consider a weekend. A weekend is a Christian thing, God created in the six days, he rested on the seventh, the Lord resurrected on the first day, that’s a Christian thing. These guys should say, ‘No, we should work all the time’ and work like the bees till you die.”

“They should have no days off, the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing,” he added. “Within their own worldview they have no basis for it, they have to borrow that from a Christian worldview, so they borrow it and they try to corrupt it.”

From the 12.12.2013 edition of AFR’s Today’s Issues:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

wonkette:

Oklahoma Legislature Will Save Christmas From Whoever Keeps Doing War On Christmas
Don’t worry, Christians! The brave and smart members of the Oklahoma Legislature are working on saving the Sacred Baby Festival from all those pagans and liberals and secular humanists who are trying to ban Christmas forever, just like they made sure that no one can ever forget that the 10 Commandments exist. They’ve introduced two “Oklahoma Merry Christmas bills” that would protect Christmas, apparently in the belief that the scary bearded atheists in Chick tracts are real people, haw-haw.
The bills, HB2316 and HB 2317, would “permit school districts to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations,” which seems like awfully non-Jesusy language for laws aiming to protect The Only Holiday That Matters (plus Hanukkah, according to the sponsors). Before you know it, some weirdo will sneak in Saturnalia or the Winter Solstice, and also too Oklahoma will be overrun with Druids.
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wonkette:

Oklahoma Legislature Will Save Christmas From Whoever Keeps Doing War On Christmas

Don’t worry, Christians! The brave and smart members of the Oklahoma Legislature are working on saving the Sacred Baby Festival from all those pagans and liberals and secular humanists who are trying to ban Christmas forever, just like they made sure that no one can ever forget that the 10 Commandments exist. They’ve introduced two “Oklahoma Merry Christmas bills” that would protect Christmas, apparently in the belief that the scary bearded atheists in Chick tracts are real people, haw-haw.

The bills, HB2316 and HB 2317, would “permit school districts to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations,” which seems like awfully non-Jesusy language for laws aiming to protect The Only Holiday That Matters (plus Hanukkah, according to the sponsors). Before you know it, some weirdo will sneak in Saturnalia or the Winter Solstice, and also too Oklahoma will be overrun with Druids.

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Fox News host flips over atheist holiday display: ‘Baby Jesus is behind the Festivus pole!’ (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Tuesday lashed out at atheists in Florida for putting up a Festivus display next to a Christian display at the state Capitol building. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) office approved a request to install a Festivus…



 

Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is worried “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.”

Speaking at Liberty University on Thursday, Palin addressed the “War on Christmas,” and the “angry atheists” out to ruin the holiday for everyone else. Palin invoked the words of Founders like Thomas Jefferson — who she said despite his writings on the separation of church and state — would be up in arms against people attempting to “abort Christ from Christmas.”

Palin said that Jefferson’s message has been grossly distorted by atheists attempting to use him for their own agenda, and argued that the nation’s third president would be on the side of Christians fighting to celebrate the holiday.

"Thomas Jefferson today, he would recognize those who would want to try to ignore that Jesus is the reason for the season, those who would want to try to abort Christ from Christmas. He would recognize, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans.”

She also complained that there is a double standard that somehow makes it okay for atheists to take offense at public displays of religion on government grounds, but religious people can’t get offended when they believe “their holiday” is being undermined. Palin concluded that people should follow Jefferson’s example and refuse to “sit down and shut up.”

How ironic is it that Palin chose Jefferson to use in her paranoid “War on Christmas” fantasy? In reality, Jefferson very clearly rejected the superstitions and mysticism of Christianity that Palin and other conservative Christians continue to embrace…including the notion of a virgin birth, the supposed “reason for the season.”

Delusional much, Sarah?

h/t: Diane Sweet at Crooks and Liars

American Family Association head Tim Wildmon joined AFA radio host Sandy Rios today to discuss a USA Today article about how “Not all Christians believe there is a ‘War on Christmas.’” Wildmon spent most of the interview complaining that any Christian would dare criticize the AFA, which is a leading voice in movement to expose the “War on Christmas.” He told Rios that he resented Christian leaders who mock the idea of the War on Christmas or note that the AFA’s campaign actually emphasizes the material aspect of the holiday by focusing on how many stores tell customers “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

Wildmon accused one pastor, who told USA Today that Christians needed to come to grips with the religious diversity in the US, of wanting Christians to partake in “a dangerous retreat into isolating ourselves from the larger culture.”

“This is exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany,” Rios said. She went on to compare the supposed War on Christmas to religious oppression in the Soviet Union and North Korea.

“I don’t think this pastor understands and I don’t think people understand what is going on in the world,” she said. “They don’t have a large enough world. Their world is too small and so they don’t understand the dangers.”

From the 12.06.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly kicked off his annual obsession with the War on Christmas by blessing the Alliance Defending Freedom organization, an extremist anti-gay group O’Reilly credited with helping him save the holiday.

O’Reilly has become infamous for his annual fight against the so-called War on Christmas, a manufactured issue that O’Reilly has covered more than actual, ongoing wars for the past two years. He promised to continue the annual battle on the December 2 edition of his Fox program, decrying how the efforts of “secular groups” have resulted in “Happy Holidays syndrome” and wondering, “why are we allowing anti-Christmas madness?” O’Reilly went on to applaud the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for its help in the fight:

O’REILLY: So once again this year, I will keep an eye on the situation. Helping me is the Alliance Defending Freedom organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have been very successful in defending traditional rights in the courts. Therefore I say to them, ‘God bless you, each and every one,’ with apologies to Dickens.

O’Reilly then hosted ADF’s senior vice president, Doug Napier, to discuss the organization’s legal battles, which Napier described as a fight for Christians’ “right to enjoy the season without the interference of a few bah humbug bullies.” O’Reilly repeatedly allowed Napier to hype the ADF and its website, and the two men praised one another for their War on Christmas efforts:

NAPIER: And what we have to do — and you’re doing a great job, Bill, of getting the information out to the American public — Alliance Defending Freedom sent out 13,000 letters to school districts to tell the truth about Christmas. Armed with the truth, Christmas can come back in, and the bah humbug folks can go out.

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O’REILLY: It’s good to let people know that your organization will defend them gratis, pro bono, if they are harassed by these other people.

What O’Reilly omitted from his praise of the ADF for “defending traditional rights” is that the group is “virulently anti-gay,” as the Southern Poverty Law Center put it. ADF has fought against gay rights at every turn and linked homosexuality to pedophilia, even currently working internationally to criminalize homosexuality.

From the 12.02.2013 edition of FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor:

H/T: Equality Matters