We can play the politically correct card all we want and can want things to be different… the way we want them to be, but it is hard to argue with facts if you want to be honest and care about the truth!!
Every year Progressive comedian Jon Stewart begins his annual skewering of the “War on Christmas” highlighting and skewering a montage of Fox News personalities and others who stand up against the attacks on the holiday’s religious origins. “The annual Fox ‘War on Christmas’ has become a little predictable”, Stewart said, while kicking off his own predictable seasonal faux war on Fox and especially Bill O’Reilly. Last year Stewart declared that the War on Christmas was over… But it seems that this year Stewart, with a little help from his friends on the Progressive left, has decided to roast the newest prime time Fox Cable News host, Megyn Kelly, who made the mistake of saying that Santa and Jesus are/were white…
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By Marion Algier – The War on Christmas (and Religion) verses the Spirit of Christmas Series at AskMarion – 14
Stewart, with the help of his friends from an array of leftist groups, jumped on the opportunity to rip into Megyn Kelly, which has sadly included playing the tired race card. Former attorney Kelly had teamed up with O’Reilly earlier in the the season to win a ‘War on Christmas’ battle in New Jersey over Christmas music at school Christmas programs.
Megyn Kelly Responds:
Megyn Kelly makes no apologies saying that Santa, being a mythical figure, has always been represented in America as white and that’s the Santa she was referring to. Jesus being white, she concedes, is far from settled. But her main takeaway was that the outragefest over her ‘white Santa’ comment proves that race is still a volatile issue and Fox News is a big target. Which really explains why most, if not all of the outrage was from the left.
Updated 12.14.13: Looks like management at Fox, or perhaps the haters just wore her out, but since our original posting yesterday where Megyn Kelly was standing firm, it seems she has now softened her stand a bit:
Unfortunately Megyn Kelly is now going with the ‘just-kidding’ defense after drawing mockery for her claim that Santa Claus — and Jesus — are white. “In kicking off the lighthearted segment, I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa, who I joked is a real person… is identifiable as white,” she said Friday. It is tough these days to stand up to the race-baiters, Christmas haters, and perhaps your bosses as well, but sadly, Megyn was right on this and folded all too soon…
The Blaze: Cable TV host Megyn Kelly is under fire for claiming on-air this week that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white. And now the controversy has even led to an attack by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” she said, later noting the same of Jesus’ pigmentation. “Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that.”
There has been no shortage of critique and controversy following her characterizations of the revered figures, with Stewart, among others, lambasting Kelly and calling her contentions factually inaccurate.
“Little surprised to see Megyn Kelly going full Christmas nog,” Stewart said on his show Thursday night.
He added, “And who are you actually talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real — yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?”
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To give more context, the debate started on Kelly’s show Wednesday when she brought up a recent Slate article titled, “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” and assured children watching that Santa is white.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa,” she said of the article’s author, who argued for a more inclusive revision of the traditional Santa Claus image. “But Santa is what he is … we’re just debating this, because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Kelly’s attempt here was likely rooted in trying to assure any kid viewers that Santa exists, however the claim about his race is what sparked attention from Stewart and other critics.
Stewart also showed a picture of what Santa possibly looked like and noted that the historical St. Nikolaos resided in what is now Turkey and likely had a darker complexion.
“Actual St. Nikolaos … my guess is there’d be no Christmas if he looked like that dude (in the picture), because he’s probably still on the no fly list,” he said.
As for Kelly’s claim that Jesus, too, was white, Stewart rhetorically asked, “You do know Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right?”
Watch Jon Stewart’s schtick here about Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly (after all… it is all about his ratings and Stewart’s War on the War on Christmas has served him well for years…):
Video: Jon Stewart Demolishes Megyn Kelly and Fox Freaking Out Over Santa’s Race and the War on Christmas (rant on Kelly starts at about 2:50 mins)
Other critics waged similar critiques. Religion reporter Jonathan Merritt wrote in The Atlantic that Kelly is “wrong on both the facts and the essential universality of the Christian message.”
“Setting aside the ridiculousness of creating rigidly racial depictions of a fictitious character that does not actually exist — sorry, kids — like Santa, Kelly has made a more serious error about Jesus,” he wrote. “The scholarly consensus is actually that Jesus was, like most first-century Jews, probably a dark-skinned man (which still does not mean he wasn’t Caucasian). If he were taking the red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York today, Jesus might be profiled for additional security screening by TSA.”
Okay people… Really?
First of all… this is all about ratings for Jon Stewart and an opportunity for the atheists, secularists and race-baiters to coming crawling out of the woodwork!
Secondly, both Jesus and St. Nicholas/Nikolaos /Nikolas (who Santa Claus and the Santa legend is based on) were real living people.
Thirdly… According to the Bible, there are many ethnicities but only 3 races… White, Black and Yellow and everyone is one or a combination of those 3.
Fourthly, Jesus was a Jew, generally Sephardic or Ashkenazik people, whose skin, like most Middle Easterners, Italians or Greeks, come in a variety of hues from white white to very dark brown, but are still all essentially considered white skinned people. Also as naturally light-skinned people move from areas like the Middle East or the Mediterranean or spend more time indoors and out of the sun, their skin sometimes lightens.
Fifthly, St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, was a historic 4th-century Christian Greek Saint, Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia, who lived from March 15, 270 – December 6, 343 (The anniversary of his death, December 6th is St. Nicholas Day). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercessions, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He also had a reputation for secret gift-giving, like putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him as well as small gifts or food for the needy; thus becoming the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name and look comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. But whether he is was Greek, Turkish, Dutch or German… he was essentially white skinned or Caucasian.
And lastly, God made all people of all skin-types (colors) and loves them all equally. Perhaps we should all remember and try that… which I believe actually was (or should have been) religion reporter Jonathan Merritt’s point about the essential universality of the Christian message. I am sorry and can understand, to a point, what Aisha Harris, the author of Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore is saying and what her father was trying to do. But perhaps we should spend more time focused on loving all people for what and who they are while accepting reality (people’s actual race, religion and skin color) for what it is. If you love yourself and feel secure in your own skin, the color of someone else’s shouldn’t bother you. Parents of all colors, ethnicities and faiths should be teaching unity and acceptance instead of division and rejection of the truth. Just because someone is different does not mean you are not part of what they represent, or as Ben Stein, a Jew, says about Christmas… that you cannot enjoy what their traditions and celebrations bring.
The ‘War on Christmas’ and religion is very real as sadly is also the lingering division by race in America. Many voted for Barack Obama hoping that once and for all the lingering guilt and division between the races would finally be over, but poll after poll tells us that race relations have actually declined in America over the past 5-years. It is those underlying feelings that bring out the kind of reactions to a ‘white Santa or Jesus’ experienced by Aisha Harris and overreactions to the related comments by Megyn Kelly. But it is the race-baiters and profiteers, like Jon Stewart, that pray on those feelings and continue to exploit them.
As for the thought that Santa is every color, I believe that is true on the inside… And the idea that at whatever house jolly old St. Nicholas visits, he magically turns into the likeness of the family that lives there would make a great Hollywood script, is intriguing and perhaps true, but it might also prolong the thoughts that non-white children should feel ashamed or less loved because Santa or Jesus is white, which all Christians and people of good heart know is not the case!
Two great new books for the holidays: ‘Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ (Kindle) and The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions (Kindle) Plus: Losing Our Religion(Kindle) by atheist S. E. Cupp