Merry Christmas . . . NOT!
December 21, 2008
VDARE.com is again running their wonderful
War on Christmas
series, begun in 1999. Various contributors there document how an
overwhelmingly Christian America which for centuries celebrated Christmas as
both a religious and cultural holiday has in recent years moved vigorously
first to quash religious observance of Christmas in the public square and is
now mopping up the remaining secular symbols.
While much has been written and reported about this assault, few want to
situate the attack on Christmas within a larger set of conflicts between
Jews and white Christians. But to understand the hostility toward Christmas
in America, one must do just that, as Jewish Townhall.com columnist Burt
Prelutsky bluntly did in his 2004 column
Jewish grinch who stole Christmas.
The blame for the brisk departure of Christmas observations in so many parts
of American life now, Prelutsky argued, can be blamed on "my fellow Jews.
When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian agenda, you find
Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the American Civil Liberties Union,
at the forefront. . . . But the dirty little secret in America is that
anti-Semitism is no longer a problem in society — it's been replaced by a
rampant anti-Christianity. "
One could spend a year, from one Christmas to the next, reading about the
Gentile-Jewish basis of the War on Christmas. Some accounts are scholarly,
while others are more popular. Some overtly point to the religious split as
the source of the hostility, while others cautiously skirt around the issue.
Rush Limbaugh's younger brother David is at pains not to name the
source of the powerful
anti-Christian bias he sees in our culture. Thus, in his 2003 work
Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, he can open a chapter
by writing "In the documented bias against Christians and Christianity in
our modern culture, Hollywood and Big Media play very major roles."
ignores the highly Jewish nature of the American media in general and
Hollywood in particular. In fact, the words "Jews" and "Judaism" do not even
appear in his extensive index.
The same can be said for Bill O'Reilly — another culture warrior on the good side of the War on Christmas who never mentions the Jewish angle. But I love his poster anyway, even though he doesn't want to say whom he is really fighting against. This silence is, of course, a wonderful comment on Jewish power in America.
Incidentally, the Jewish dominance of Hollywood is so obvious and undeniable
that Los Angeles Times' columnist Joel Stein recently
announced it. What else can you say when all eight major film studios
are run by Jews. And Abe Foxman seems to agree. So I guess it's okay for us
at TOO to say it.
But, according to Foxman, these Hollywood Jewish executives
"happen to be Jewish," as if the Jewishness of Hollywood really doesn't make
any difference. But of course it does, and the War on Christmas is Exhibit A
for that proposition.
The Culture-Wise Family: Upholding Christian Values in a Mass Media World,
Theodore Baehr and Pat Boone
have assembled a collection of Christian writings on the perils they and
their families face in an increasingly anti-Christian America. Arguing that
"whoever controls the media controls the culture," they too avoid direct
discussion of Jewish roles. Still, by including a chapter such as William
"Who Stole Our Culture," it is obvious to even the halfway informed
reader what civilizational rival they are discussing.
Lind goes as far as anyone in this book to frame the conflict:
The Frankfurt School was well on the way to creating political correctness..
Then suddenly, fate intervened. In 1933, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party
came to power in Germany, where the Frankfurt School was located. Since the
Frankfurt School was Marxist, and the Nazis hated Marxism, and since almost
all its members were Jewish, it decided to leave Germany. In 1934, the
Frankfurt School, including its leading members from Germany, was
re-established in New York City with help from Columbia University. Soon,
its focus shifted from destroying traditional Western culture in Germany to
doing so in the United States. It would prove all too successful.
Needless to say, this emphasis on the Frankfurt school moves the discussion
in the same direction as Kevin MacDonald does in
The Culture of
Critique, where MacDonald describes the broad range of
Jewish movements arrayed against the culture of the West, including
Perhaps one of the best books on this
kulturkampf is Fox News Channel host John Gibson's 2005
The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian
Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought. One need not read too intently
between the lines to realize that the bulk of the "secular liberals" Gibson
blames for the assault on Christmas are Jews.
He does this by bookending his tale with stories about Christians and Jews..
In his preface, he relates the pain a Christian father recently experienced
upon learning that his four-year-old son had learned to paint a menorah in
preschool but not a Christmas tree. This was because the school had no
"Christmas" tree, only a "friendship" tree. In contrast, the school
displayed large drawings of menorahs with big block letters spelling out
HAPPY HANUKAH. It's pretty clear which culture is dominant these days.
Gibson closes the book with a debate with Ira Glasser of the ACLU,
displaying the "hairsplitting" style of argumentation that Glasser so
forcefully wielded in a debate. "Hairsplitting,
Finally, if one is so inclined, a perusal of law professor Stephen M.
Please Don't Wish Me a Merry Christmas: A Critical History of the Separation
of Church and State may be informative. What does it say, for
instance, when someone who writes a book with such a title opens with the
sentence "I am Jewish"? The scorching hostility toward everything Christian
in this New York University Press book is inescapable, which is why Richard
John Neuhaus called Feldman "relentless,
In everyday parlance, this debate is often referred to as the one over "A
Neutral Public Square," and it has been going on for a long time. "Happy
Holidays" and "Season's Greetings" were not always ubiquitous greetings at
the end of December. For instance, back in 1952, George S. Kaufman appeared
on a popular television show one week before Christmas and was asked what he
wanted for the holiday. He replied, "Let's make this one program on which no
one sings 'Silent Night.'" The
response from the audience (largely Gentile, one would presume) was fast and
furious: Kaufman was removed from the show.
Fast-forward to 1982 and the popular
Saturday Night Live could feature a
"Merry Christmas, Dammit!" This skit portrayed the relationship between
Donny and Marie Osmond, two non-Jewish sibling pop singers, as incestuous,
and the Virgin Mary was described as "that
virgin chick" in a jazzed up version of "Silent Night." Eddie Murphy — in
his popular "Gumby" guise — reads children's story in which Santa tears out
the lungs of one of his elves because the elf asked for a sip of Santa's hot
chocolate. He ends the skit by saying "And
to everyone out there — a merry Christmas! And to my producer, my director,
my manager, and my lawyer — Happy Hanukkah, boys!" Obviously
sensibilities had changed by then, and the people
calling the shots were Jews.
aversion to Christian symbols has resulted in a much more neutral public
arena. As political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg, in his much
under-appreciated 1993 work
The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State, wrote:
and forms of expression that Jews find threatening have been almost
completely eliminated from schools and other public institutions. Suits
brought by the ACLU, an organization whose leadership and membership are
predominantly Jewish, secured federal court decisions banning officially
sanctioned prayer in the public schools and crčches and other religious
displays in parks and public buildings.
Writer Mark Steyn
light-heartedly described how Jews created a gradual division between
religious and secular Christmas symbols, making America a society where
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph are for home and for church; Santa, Rudolph and
Frosty the Snowman—the great
secular trinity—are for everybody." He continues:
It's 1934 . . . and it falls to a Jew to introduce Tin Pan Alley's first
Christmas pop standard. Isidore Israel Itkowitz—or Eddie Cantor—doesn'
'He's making a list
And checking it twice,
He's gonna find out
Who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town . . .'
In just 60 years, those words have become as familiar to most Americans as
the Pledge of Allegiance. 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' has gone down in
his-to-ree in only 45 years. He's not just for Episcopalians and
Catholics—and who better to teach little girls 'that everyone deserves to be
treated with dignity' regardless of the colour of their nose?
Johnny Marks had such a hit—it's one of the biggest sellers of all
time—that he founded his own publishing house, St Nicholas Music, and
devoted the rest of his life to composing seasonal songs, from 'Rockin'
Around the Christmas Tree' to a beautiful setting of Longfellow's Civil War
poem, 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'. . . . In the New World, the most
It's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy
As they pass around the coffee and the
pumpkin pie . . .
Jule Styne . . . was born in the Jewish slums of Bethnal Green and liked to
say that it was coming from that background that made him understand the
dreams of ordinary Americans. With Sammy Cahn, he wrote:
Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
. . . Irving Berlin understood. . . . Today, the calendar turns to Berlin
anthems, to 'Easter Parade'; and 'God Bless America' and 'White Christmas'..
They had white Christmases in Temun, Siberia, where he was born, but it's
not about the weather: a white Russian Christmas wouldn't be the same. . . .
(See M. Steyn, "A Triumph of Miscegenation,
Of course, this "compromise" to take Christ out of popular culture was a
great victory for Jews, for it allowed the hostility many Jews felt toward a
Christian majority to find vent without the Gentiles really noticing. Philip
Roth, however, knew exactly
what it meant:
The radio was
playing 'Easter Parade' and I thought, But this is Jewish genius on a par
with the Ten Commandments. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and then He
gave to Irving Berlin 'Easter Parade' and 'White Christmas.' The two
holidays that celebrate the divinity of Christ—the divinity that's the very
heart of the Jewish rejection of Christianity—
Sadly, Jews have
been able to translate this hatred of Christ and his birthday into
increasingly scandalous imagery, thanks to their domination of Hollywood and
TV studios. The progression of Christmas images from overwhelmingly positive
to secular and even vicious imagery is something I'll discuss—and show—in my
next column in a few days.
Edmund Connelly is a freelance writer, academic, and expert on the cinema arts. He has previously written for The Occidental Quarterly.