Chicago’s “holiday tree” in 2011

By John Ruberry

The War on Christmas, the secular-progressives’ assault on Christmas and yes, religion, is fading away. And Christmas is winning.

In today’s video message to our military, some of whom of course belong to faiths other than Christianity, President Trump beamed, “I just want to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly. Very very Merry Christmas.”

Nearly two years ago then-candidate Donald Trump mused, “When was the last time you saw ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it any more. They want to be politically correct. If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me, believe me. You’re going to see it.”

And you know what, I’ve seen “Merry Christmas” in department stores this year. Yesterday at the end of the weekly meeting at my job my boss, who is Jewish, wished everyone “a very Merry Christmas.”

And I’m hearing more “Merry Christmases” this year than I’ve heard in years. Believe me. I figured this would happen, as I posted in this space on Christmas Day last year.

True, the counter-attack in the War on Christmas goes back at least five years, but Trump is the first prominent politician to embrace it, so the president is entitled to a victory dance as he rocks around the Christmas tree.

Blogger outside of Chicago’s Trump Tower

Closer to home, for me that is, comes this Christmas triumph. In 2011 for the first time there was a “holiday tree” at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s first Jewish mayor–and he’s also the city’s first secular-progressive one. And it was in his first year in office when the concept of a Chicago Christmas was axed. But this year it’s a Christmas tree again. I’m not sure when the switchback occurred, but it’s ironic to note that a couple of weeks ago the embattled mayor declared Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

An hour ago, subbing for the usual host on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Jonathan Karl wished viewers “a Merry Christmas” at the end of the show.

And from Morton Grove, Illinois I will do the same this Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas to you!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

At Jihad Watch Raymond Ibrahim reported on this pronouncement by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia:

The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait, regarding the position of a Kuwaiti parliament member who recently called for the “removal” of churches (he later “clarified” by saying he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait). The Kuwaiti delegation wanted to confirm Sharia’s position on churches.

Accordingly, the Grand Mufti “stressed that Kuwait was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore it is necessary to destroy all churches in it.”

Note the matter of fact tone, this is not a grand proclamation, as far as he is concerned it’s no big deal, of course you should destroy any churches in the Arabian peninsula. I wonder if he is going to be called Islamophobic for suggesting Islam endorses such a position?

Now consider, when the despicable Westboro Baptist church protests, a fringe church run by fringe family makes a move it is national news, When a single pastor of an unknown church in Florida decides to burn a Koran, it became international news worthy of coverage by CNN resulting in 12 deaths. And when the murderous Joseph Kony hides from his depredations in Uganda it becomes a cause celeb to track him down.

All of these people have three things in common:

  1. They claim Christianity
  2. They have no support from the Catholic Church or mainline protestant denominations of any note.
  3. The MSM considers them newsworthy

That third one is the key, can someone explain why they are newsworthy?

Without the oxygen of media coverage Westboro is just another cult. If the MSM ignores the pastor in Florida nobody is outraged at his publicity stunt and Kony as a person with a small fighting force is worth some copy, there are dozens of Kony like people all over the world with their small armies committing degradations that the MSM has no interest in at all.

Now lets consider the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia:

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah is not just some random Muslim hating on churches. He is the Grand Mufti of the nation that brought Islam to the world. Moreover, he is the President of the Supreme Council of Ulema [Islamic scholars] and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas. Accordingly, when it comes to what Islam teaches, his words are immensely authoritative.

You don’t get higher to the top of Islam’s food chain than this fellow so what is the response of the MSM?

There isn’t one.

Can it be the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is not newsworthy, the Washington Times makes the comparison.

If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening.

No it’s not, it’s perfectly understandable.

You see to the totalitarian, to the marxist, the cause is all, and if there is one cause that is near and dear to our friends on the left it’s that Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular is the enemy.

Christians in General and Catholic in particular opposing Gay Marriage, that’s intolerance! Islam executes gays, that’s not an issue.

The Catholic church objects to government mandates, it is a war against women. Afghan leaders offers “guidelines” for women’s behavior? no comment.

And don’t even get me started on Molly Norris a member of the MSM still in hiding over a fatwa against her that the MSM doesn’t find newsworthy.

As long as they see Islam as a counter to Christianity they will keep silent about its abuses in the same way that they will keep Bill Mahar’s million dollars.

Some might be confused by this, so remember this rule:

If you start from the idea they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense

and if you don’t believe me, ask Clara Csiong

We have an incredible lineup of upcoming Guests on DaTechGuy on DaRadio for the rest of the year

Dec 11th 5 p.m. Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs (with Camp of the Saints in the house)

Dec 18th 9 p.m. Dan Riehl of Riehl World View and Big government

Christmas day 9 p.m. Our Christmas special featuring Damian Thompson of the London telegraph, The Curt Jester and James Marley, Poet, Polymath and Theology Scholar late of Rome and the Vatican City.
(The Christmas show will be recorded no phone calls please)

And come the New Year the names keep coming, but that’s a post for another day….

After all this story is dated Dec 23.

A conservative activist and Illinois comptroller candidate was escorted from the Illinois State Capitol building Wednesday when he tried to remove a sign put up by an atheist group.

William J. Kelly announced Tuesday that he planned to take down the sign put up by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and on Wednesday, he tried to make good on his plan.

The story has this interesting note:

For the second year in a row, the Capitol also has an aluminum Festivus pole commemorating the fictional holiday created in “Seinfeld.”

I guess he can claim to have been acting in the best traditions of Festivus, then again the police that took him away can say the same thing, Feats of Strength you know.