It’s the Christmas season and the usual suspects are up in arms, upset at Christmas trees, at nativity scenes and determined to make sure that nobody says aloud the holiday that must not be named.

There is of course a proper response to each and every single one of these idiots who have their knickers in an uproar, and it’s this:

5 U.S. Code § 6103 – Holidays

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

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(a) The following are legal public holidays:
New Year’s Day, January 1.

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.

Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

Independence Day, July 4.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

Veterans Day, November 11.

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.

Christmas Day, December 25.

In other words under federal law December 25th is a national holiday and is called Christmas. This is directly written into the US code.

You may not like it, you may object to it, you may scream bloody murder but this is the law on the books at the federal level.

Now if you don’t like federal law, there is a remedy for it.

You can call your two senators and your representative in the house and call upon the to remove December 25th from the list of federal holidays and if you can get 218 members of the House and 60 senators to approve and get a presidential signature or 290 members of the house & 67 members of the senate you can toss out Christmas even if the president objects.

But until you do December 25th is Christmas Day and if you consider that a micro or marco aggression, I really don’t give a damn and neither does the law.

At Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft brings us a story of yet another tolerant Imam:

When you say: “Merry Christmas,” you are saying: “Congratulations on your false religion,” “Congratulations on your false understanding of life.” You are congratulating them on the most evil of polytheism and heresy.

As Ibn Qayyim said, this is worse than fornication, drinking alcohol, and killing someone, because you are approving of the biggest crime every committed by the children of Adam – polytheism.

Pam Geller nailed it:

More interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding

But at least they are in line with some in the US Army

Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”

“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”

The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.

But apparently this ban on Christmas embraced by this Imam & the “equal opportunity representative” of the Army is not shared by all as evidenced by this e-mail I received this week.  Subject line Merry Christmas:

My friends, I wish you very merry Christmas, happy holidays & a very prosperous new year.May God bless you & your families with health wealth prosperity & long useful lives.Amin. Sincerely Bashir U Mehmud & family.

You might remember the name Bashir Mehmud if you were reading this site back in Aug of 2010.

His sermon was a no nonsense one about the start of Ramadan next Wednesday and the need for spiritual renewal, the rewards of fasting and the need to avoid sin and temptation. The basic thrust of the sermon could have been given in any Catholic Church in preparation for Lent. He also asked the congregation to pray for the members of their community that were killed in the May 28th Mosque Attacks. (Their Branch of Islam the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are rejected by many mainstream Muslim groups). His sermon also touched on a denouncement of violence. Not surprising as his sect has been the target of radical Islam

We spoke for 45 minutes after the service. He has lived in Fitchburg for almost 30 years and has seen the change in the town. His opinions on the direction of the city and the cultural decay of the country could have been said by my mother.

He has since retired but the local Mosque remains the same, and the most hopeful sight you can see in Fitchburg is every 4th of July where you see this.

Did you ever think you’d see the day when an Islamic Sect is more friendly toward Christmas than a representative of the US Army?

Under any other administration I would not have believed it.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: ” ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:14-19

Today I went to the 8 a.m. Mass so I could watch the Sunday shows, it was a pretty good sermon on Love of God and Neighbor but when I was leaving church and saw the Church Bulletin I found myself upset at the second page

You’ll note that the Boxed event at my parish St. Anthony di Padua is our Country Christmas Fair on November 17th, but we also have announcements from three other Catholic Parishes.

St. Cecilia is having a “Holiday” fair

Immaculate Heart of Mary is their “Annual fall festival”

St. Joseph is having their “Holiday Festival & Craft fair”

Holiday? What holiday? Flag Day? Chinese New Year? Yom Kippur?

I’m very proud that my parish did not join in this nonsense.

These are Catholic Churches for God’s sake, this is the same thing that drove me nuts about Anna Maria College and their “Holiday” concert. Either we are Catholic or we are not. If our own Catholics are not willing to say the word “Christmas” during their own events. If we are not respecting Christmas then why should we expect anyone else to?

Either your faith means something or it does not.

I first heard about Stacy Trasancos from Lisa Graas. Since then I and others have written about this mother of seven who expressed her discomfort over a sight in the park and was bombarded with hate mail and death threats, not only against her but against her children too. A sample:

I lamented the lack of coverage by the MSM of such threats on my radio show last week against a mother of seven so I was pleased to hear that renowned defender of women and children Dianne Williamson writing for the Telegram & Gazette owned by the NY Times decided to comment on it:

Yes, she’s been the target of some truly ugly hate mail and threats. It goes without saying that such responses are reprehensible, but par for the course in the anonymous Internet world.

Well OK I grant you that’s not much of a condemnation, but that’s only two sentences. I’m sure that as a renowned defender of women and children, she opens up on those threatening Stacy’s life and her kids in the other 44 sentences right?

I’m sure it’s a challenge to suffer from homosexually-induced agoraphobia — the term applied by local wag Brendan Melican — and get any shopping done. But Trasancos isn’t afraid to express herself on her blog, “Accepting Abundance,” which has attracted much chatter in the blogosphere, based on her fear of being mobbed by the gays the minute she sets foot outdoors.

OK well that’s not quite defending a mother of seven from people making violent threats, but I’m sure that she as a renowned defender of women and children, she will surely not continue along that line:

Trasancos is obviously intelligent,

See, I’m sure she’s going to stick up for a mom with seven kids over the likes of Perez Hilton and the Guardian Newspaper, you know the weak vs the powerful…

… and of course she has every right to express her odious opinions.

…ah, I guess not:

But it’s a shame that some people continue to spout bigotry and ignorance in the name of religion. And it’s a shame that, somewhere in Worcester in 2011, seven young people are being raised to view love between two people as sick and immoral.

Now forgetting the ambiguity of that phrase (Perhaps Dianne will be invited to make that point at the next B4U-ACT conference.) I find the statement odd because orthodox Christian belief for its entire existence has taught that homosexual acts are sinful.

So apparently according to Dianne Williamson, that renowned defender of women and children, it is a shame that Christians in general and Catholics in particular, are taught orthodox Christianity as has existed for centuries.

Perhaps Dianne as a renowned defender of women and children and religious bigot open minded person can tell us what parts of Christian belief are acceptable for Stacy Trasancos or any other Christian to express publicly and teach their children without expecting to deal with threats of violence against them or their children?

Perhaps I’m over-reacting. It’s just a religious difference it’s not like she’s attacking Stacy personalty in a media organ owned by the most powerful Newspaper in the country just after she and her kids have been threatened. Is she?

Trasancos is a Baptist convert to Catholicism, and it’s ironic that she’s so judgmental, considering her own colorful background. Now a married, 42-year-old stay-at-home mom, she wrote on the website Catholic Online that she got pregnant in college. Her seven children are from three different men. She’s been divorced and has had an abortion. She’s taken drugs and worked as a stripper. She writes a column for the Catholic Free Press.

Now I thought we weren’t supposed to make any judgement about “love between two people” but that whole paragraph sure sounds to me like an attack based what Dianne Williamson, renowned defender of women and children, considers poor choices Stacy has made in her life.

Well it’s funny, turns out that Stacy Trasancos would agree that she made bad choices in her life. In fact she tells the whole story of a woman who was lost and had done some really self-destructive things who found Christ and the church and turned herself around as her conversion testimony. You can read it here.

Now me I’ve only been writing for a short time and I found it riveting but for Dianne Williamson, renowned defender of women and children, it permanently disqualifies Stacy’s moral judgement.

One might think that the warnings of someone who has actually pulled themselves from a bad path (drugs, stripping, multiple children from multiple partners) to a good path (faithful and clean mother of seven) might be a person to be admired. In fact one might think that if such a person said: “Don’t make the mistakes I made.” you would heed and respect that advice, particularly tolerant liberals. But nope, to that renowned defender of women and Children, Dianne Williamson, that’s makes her even more worthy of attack.

Of course if Stacy was still stripping or using drugs and had aborted say, the last 4 kids I’m sure Dianne Williamson, as a renowned defender of women and children, would have managed a sympathetic column on a single mom with three kids stripping to make it in a tough economy. I’m sure she would have waxed poetic and there wouldn’t have been a dry eye in the newsroom.

I wonder, Stacy’s two oldest children are 22 and 16, they remember they old Stacy, they were raised by her. I wonder if they would prefer the old Stacy that Dianne Williamson renowned defender of women and children, would have found more sympathetic or the new Stacy that Dianne considers a bigot?

How about you? Which one would you rather have watching your kids, in your house or as your neighbor? Which one’s judgement on right and wrong would you trust more?

Exit Question: If I remember right Dianne Williamson has been writing for quite a while, at least two or three decades, I wonder when her first column defending Gay Marriage was? Was it before the whole civil unions debate? Before the Court case when it was imposed on Massachusetts in 2003 or after? I think it would be interesting to see if she found it a worthy topic before it became a cause celeb for the left. Wouldn’t you?

Update: How it it that I find this story so similar to Stacy’s tale:

San Juan Capistrano Fines Family for Reading Bible without Permit

Well of course they should need a permit, look at what all that Bible stuff did to Stacy! Hey if Dianne every decides to go west, I can think of one city government that might have a job for her.

Mini update great line from Tina Kobe:

Where two are three are gathered in His name, there good ol’ California city government is in the midst of them.

Update 2: Ok now it’s spreading to the schools, have a Christian Opinion get suspended:

A Fort Worth high school student was sent to the principal’s office earlier this week for telling another classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong.

Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School.

“We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

Via Michael Graham who asks the $64,000 question:

Question: Why the heck was this kid suspended at all? What did he do wrong?

The school has not contradicting his account of what happened. So is the school saying that merely expressing an opinion about homosexuality is wrong? If so, do you think he would have been suspended for saying “I’m a Unitarian and I think homosexuality is great?”

I wish I was a tort lawyer in that district.

If you were busy having a life with family and / or friends on Christmas day like most people then you may have missed our excellent Christmas show.

But no worries, thanks to the miracle of uploading the file show 6 with the Curt Jester, Damian Thompson and James Marley is available online right here.

And of course it will be available in the archive on the side as long as the blog is here.

For the only time so far we have taped our show, but we do have an original DaTechGuy on DaRadio episode.

Our Christmas Special has three Guests, from England Damian Thompson who writes the Holy Smoke column for the London Telegraph, The incredible Curt Jester and Poet, Polymath and Theology Scholar James Marley discuss Christ in Christmas and the Church and the Media.

So when 9 p.m. comes and Christmas dinner has been eaten and all the gifts are opened tune into WCRN 830 AM and give us a listen.

This is what you would call a serious geek alert:

What if Charles Dickens were a Trekkie? The answer runs an hour and 20 minutes and includes three fight scenes, 17 actors with latex ridges glued to their foreheads and a performance delivered entirely in Klingon

Yes this is real!

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Today I will be in Worcester taping the Christmas Show (it will not be live but it will be awesome!). The topic will be the Christ in Christmas and the Church and the media. With less than 7 hours before taping of the show it is so nice of the Government and the media to provide me more fodder:

Federal Reserve examiners came to Perkins bank last week to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the Internet also had to be taken down.

As I’m fond of pointing out Christmas is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY as I’m sure federal regulators should know.

As you might guess this garnered some attention:

the media caught wind of the story and Republican Members of Congress wrote to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke

and again:

Most grade schools do not produce this level of foolishness. Indeed this form of stupidity is learned at one place, radicalized public universities.

So both Oklahoma Senators wrote a letter to the Federal Reserve and with a new Tea Party controlled House with Ron Paul as the chair of the Banking Committee this was going to mean bad news.

Ya think, and on the legal side:

It seems to me that the Fed action is a pretty clear First Amendment violation. Businesses may indeed be barred from stating that they will not engage in commercial transactions with members of certain groups; that’s a somewhat unusual but well-settled aspect of First Amendment “commercial speech doctrine,” which is more properly thought of “commercial advertising doctrine.” (See Pittsburgh Press Co. v. Pittsburgh Comm’n on Human Rels. (1973), which has been cited favorably by the Court even in more recent commercial speech cases.) But businesses retain a First Amendment right to express their views, including even views that might be actually seen as insults to particular groups, see, e.g., Sambo’s Restaurants, Inc. v. City of Ann Arbor (6th Cir. 1981). And businesses certainly retain a First Amendment right to say things that might simply be seen as expressing endorsement of a particular religion.

As you might guess the outcry caused a reversal

The small-town bank in Oklahoma will be able to restore its Christian signs and symbols after all, thanks in part to public outcry against the Federal Reserve.

The president of Payne County Bank, Lynn Kinder, said he spoke with the second in command at the Federal Reserve late Thursday evening. Both sides agreed to work out the issue.

“The federal reserve immediately took action, ” Kinder said in a statement. “And allowed us to restore our Christian display of items and verses on our television and website until a final determination is made. It appears that the matter will be resolved.”

Final determination means until the heat is off most likely. Don Surber cuts to the chase:

Huh?

What does that rule have to do with good banking?

Once again some federal governmental bureaucracy is pursuing a political agenda that has nothing to do with its mission — and is falling down on the job.

From the Associated Press: “Regulators on Friday shuttered three small banks in Georgia and one each in Florida, Arkansas and Minnesota, raising to 157 the number of U.S. banks brought down this year by the struggling economy and soured loans.”

If federal regulators had done their job all along instead of Mickey Mousing around over some teller’s button our banks would be more sound and our economy better.

Congress should strike down that rule and in fact go through all the regulations to make sure that the bank examiners are examining the bank’s books and not the teller’s buttons.

I’m sure the GOP congress will have a few things to say about this.

Meanwhile it isn’t just Christ being banned from Christmas:

Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year.

Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.”

The reason: The classes have many immigrant children who don’t celebrate Christmas, says the Mankato Free Press.

Perhaps we should change the name “St. Peter” too, don’t want to offend anyone:

Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council: “We have Somali families in the program. We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”

She didn’t say how many objections were made, but said more than one would be enough to cancel Santa.

Actually since “Chris” might be mistaken for “Christ” I think in the interest of cultural diversity you should change your name to avoid offending anyone. I would suggest: “Dhimmi”

Although there has been a noticeable turn by retailers away from the “Happy Holidays” nonsense the ACLU has not given up to protect those offended by the National Holiday of the United States known as “Christmas”.

School superintendents across the state were reminded by the ACLU this week that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) letter, addressed to 137 public school leaders across the state, stated that it was responding to a number of complaints from families about school party activities this Christmas season.

Hedy Weinburg, ACLU executive director in Tennessee, cited several U.S. Supreme Court decisions about the matter.

Let’s deconstruct this nonsense:

The “Holiday” they are referring to is Christmas. It is a legal Holiday in the United States specifically named “Christmas”. If the ACLU doesn’t like this they should be going after congress and the executive branch. Tennessee doesn’t have the authority to ignore a federal holiday, ACLU letter or no. I’m sure that Tennessee remembers a little spat that took place about 150 years ago concerning federal authority that just might trump a letter from the ACLU’s.

And please don’t insult our intelligence by citing “U. S. Supreme Court decisions”. Every single appeal made by every single lawyer cites “U. S. Supreme Court Decisions” I can cite them too. That doesn’t mean that those decisions either apply or are relevant.

This is a simple attempt to intimidate the meek and the cowardly. I trust and hope that Tennessee is not populated by the cowardly.

Via Free Republic and Twitter.

Market Basket knows what day it is!

For having this picture in their window.

Market Basket is handling this exactly the right way. By putting a sign that explicitly says Merry Christmas they are eschewing the political correctness that has frightened and intimidated the multitudes.

What many business don’t understand is that by trying to placate a vocal and angry minority they actually upset the vast majority of customers who have many other alternatives for shopping. When I see “Happy Holidays” as opposed to Merry Christmas I am inclined to spend my money elsewhere and I’ll wager a lot of other people are too.

And for the few in the “tolerant left” who do not want “Merry Christmas” on anything Market Basket has not ignored your, nor have they ignored those who don’t celebrate Christmas but are not as easily agitated as some. Take a look at the poster next to the first one

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Side by side in perfect harmony

This allows everybody to take a deep breath, the explicit Christmas poster allows them to say “Happy Holidays” elsewhere without insult because of the acknowledgment of the actual federal holiday that the country celebrates.

Would that more business’ had that degree of courage and common sense.

Q: What is the one thing you can be sure about when reading this headline: “University to student: Accept homosexuality or leave“?

The story follows:

The suit alleges the university retaliated against Keeton for stating her belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and not a “state of being,” and that gender is not a social construct subject to individual change. According to the suit, the school wants her to undergo a “thought reform” program intended to change her religious beliefs. She faces expulsion unless she complies, and the suit seeks to block the university from throwing her out for noncompliance.

“Is saying there is such a thing as a male and a female as distinct, and that gender isn’t merely a social construct … such a dangerous position that it has to be banned from a profession?” French asked.

According to court documents, one of Keeton’s professors, Dr. Mary Jane Anderson-Wiley, told her this past May she would have to undergo a remediation program intended to change her views on homosexuality.

The university’s Counseling Education Program handbook proscribes such programs for those whose conduct is “not satisfactory on interpersonal or professional criteria unrelated to academic performance.”

Can anyone honestly describe this as anything less than totalitarian? Would such a program directed at a gay student forcing them to accept say Baptist teaching on Homosexuality be allowed at a state university?

I think not.

Here is the kicker:

Anderson-Wiley reportedly complained about Keeting’s Christian belief that homosexuality is sinful and demanded she choose between her faith and the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.

“You couldn’t be a teacher, let alone a counselor, with those views,” court documents quoted Dr. Paulette Schenck, another of the university’s counseling professors, as having said in response to Keeting’s affirmation of her Christian beliefs.

No Christians need apply apparently. No wonder universities seem to have such a love of Chavez, Castro et/al they have the same thought police ambitions on a smaller scale.

Would the above mentioned Dr. Schenck dare say this to an Islamic student who believed in Sharia? Of course not, totalitarians are notorious cowards.

At the end of it Evangelical Christian Joe Scarborough said “Happy Holidays” and proud and public atheist Christopher Hitchens said “Merry Christmas.” To quote his column of the 11th:

I myself repose no faith in any man-made text or made-man redeemer, so when it’s Christmas I say “Merry Christmas” with a clear conscience, as I respect Ramadan and Passover, and also because “Happy Holidays” is so thin and insipid.

And Joe you might want to bush up on your scripture a bit, particularly Matt 10:32-33.

The Jawa Report gives us an interesting postscript to the Rifqa Bary story:

In a stunning development in the ongoing legal saga of Muslim-turned-Christian convert Rifqa Bary, the parents’ attorney, Omar Tarazi, filed a motion with the Franklin County courts last week moving to ban on all Christmas cards being sent to Rifqa through her attorneys, and demanding the seizure from her of all Christmas cards that she might have already received. And yet her parents still make representations to the media that they intend to honor and respect her Christian faith, while their attorney files sealed motions stating that Christmas cards are “dangerous to her health and safety”.

Am I surprised, yes and no. Yes I’m surprised that Jawa scooped Atlas on this and no I’m not the least bit surprised by CAIR’s actions. They are Islamists in sheep’s clothing. And that clothing is only convincing to those who want to believe.

The mayoral election is over and Mayor Wong won by 30+ points, that is a mandate and a half. Her first decision since the election. No Christmas decorations for Fitchburg! Even the Sentinel & Enterprise is not on board with this one:

Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong — who earlier this year decided to save money by turning off more than 60 percent of the city’s streetlights — announced last week that the city would not put up Christmas lights or other holiday decorations, and instead encouraged residents to donate money to the Fitchburg Senior Center.

“We’re going to focus more on getting people out to the downtown, and getting people to donate, and less on the holiday display,” said Wong, following a Wednesday press conference.

Her announcement likely stunned and angered many residents and business owners, as it did us, even as it comes in the wake of many puzzling decisions made by the mayor during her first term.

Even worse our hated rival next door Leominister is doing even better.

The timing of the announcement must have been particularly infuriating for Fitchburg residents because it came at the same time Leominster officials announced they were spending $20,439 to install their Christmas decorations, including new energy-efficient LED light strands.

That’s gotta leave a mark! The comments have been, shall we say, lively?

My take, if the city has decorations in storage that are not lights there are no reason why they can’t at least go on the common, but I can see see her point, if we can’t afford street lights which are a matter of safety, I really couldn’t justify the Christmas lights which is a matter or morale. (and mayor they are Christmas lights, not holiday lights.)

Two really sad things about this. If we didn’t have to have the city counsel primary to get one guy eliminated that would have saved more than enough to put up the lights and have cash left over.

In addition thanks to Ted Kennedy refusal to resign and a State Legislature desperate to give Harry Reid one more vote for obamacare we are paying for two extra elections, this weeks primary (can someone explain to me why that couldn’t have taken place in November on election day?)and Next months election to replace him. The cost of either one would have paid for the Christmas lights.

Ironic, The Champion of the little guy Ted Kennedy’s final legacy for those little guys who voted for him year after year is to help keep Christmas dark. Fitting isn’t it?

…I wonder he will say about this:

Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.

The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler’s Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition.

Gee where have we seen this before. Clayton Cramer expands on it and gives Jonah Goldberg a pat:

This doesn’t surprise me particularly. I recently finished reading Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism. He makes the claim that the Nazis removed prayer from German public schools in 1935, for a similar reason. I have not had a chance to spot check Goldberg’s claims, but I this does generally fit. National Socialism was derived from progressivism, and shared many of its most obnoxious traits: hostility towards religion, and especially Judeo-Christian beliefs; support for eugenics; government control over the economy; hostility towards free market capitalism.

Is anyone surprised by this? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.