Examples of the anti-Christmas – and anti-Christian – bias in culture and media continued to surface as the year comes to a close.
Witness the following examples from the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Southern Poverty Law Center:
- "Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn't add up" (Washington Post headline, 12/18/2017) – The article dismisses people of faith who believe that a real Jesus performed real miracles and really rose from the dead in the first paragraph, calling their belief "implausible" and "easily dismissed." Author Raphael Lataster argues even the historical figure Jesus, divorced of the supernatural, was a myth.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says that's a fine poke in the eye during the Christmas season. "Jesus is a historical figure, and this is the reason for the season during our Christmas holiday," he tells OneNewsNow.
- "How Trump and the Nazis stole Christmas to promote white nationalism" (Newsweek headline, 12/24/17) – According to this piece, it's an appeal to racist America when the president proclaims that Christmas is back in at the White House – and, by extension, when groups like the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, and others fight for that inclusion.
"It's over the top and it's another discrediting of Newsweek and some of the other mainstream media that publishes this trash," Staver reacts. "This had nothing to do with Donald Trump, and certainly nothing to do with Nazism, racism, white supremacists. We condemn those kinds of organizations and have no part in that."
Staver: "[The Southern Poverty Law Center] has added a list of 12 so-called 'hate words' to watch and they've added them to their hate words list. These include 'Merry Christmas.' It also includes 'Merry Christmas Eve' or anything relating to Christmas. It even includes 'Jesus.'"
The Liberty Counsel founder reminds people of Jesus' words in John 15:18: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first."