The Real War is Against Non-Christians
Itâ€™s finally (finally!) December and the terribleness that is 2016 is nearly over â€” but not quite yet. Across the country, folks are pulling their boxes of Christmas decorations out of the basement or the attic, untangling string lights and swearing to themselves they arenâ€™t going to go overboard on the cookies this year.Â
Well, most folks are. The rest of us are just sitting here enjoying the twinkling lights and hoping these next few weeks pass pretty quickly.
Christmas isnâ€™t my holiday. Iâ€™m very much not a Christian (Iâ€™m a decently observant Jew), and aside from a severe jealousy of Christmas lights when I was a kid, Iâ€™ve never really been drawn to the holiday. Iâ€™ve never really wanted a tree in my house and Iâ€™ve never really felt left out. Dec. 25 is just another day for me.
It doesnâ€™t bother me in the slightest â€” Iâ€™m not one of those folks who gets sick of being bombarded by it day in and day out like some of my friends, though I certainly understand their frustrations.Â
To be honest, I kind of like how everyone seems to get a little bit nicer this time of year, and not all of the music is bad. â€œAll I Want for Christmas is Youâ€ is one of the greatest songs of all time, and more than a few Jewish folks are responsible for the older classics. But acknowledging and accepting that I live in a majority Christian society doesnâ€™t mean I define this as the Christmas season, or that I feel like Iâ€™m missing something, or that I care in the slightest whether someone says, â€œMerry Christmasâ€ or not.
That really pisses some folks off, like Americaâ€™s least favorite former Congressman, Joe Walsh (pictured):Â
To everyone – Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, atheist – to everyone: Merry Christmas.
It’s Christmas time.
â€” Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 3, 2016
For the record, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, and other non-Christians donâ€™t typically celebrate Christmas. What makes Joeâ€™s tweet art, though, is what he said just a few days earlier:Â
In a free society, you can’t be protected from being offended.
If the Left could only accept that, what a cool country this would be again.
â€” Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 27, 2016
Ironically, Joeâ€™s right. Thereâ€™s no guaranteed protection from being offended, but wow, heâ€™s really offended. But my personal favorite came just last night:Â
Take away Christmas at this time of the year and what do you have?
That’s cuz it’s the Christmas season.
â€” Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 4, 2016
Aside from being factually incorrect, itâ€™s just absurd. If we take away Christmas at this time of year, you know what we have? Another day, just like any other. Dec. 25 would still exist. No catastrophe would take its place and no one would disappear from the Earth because of it.Â
(I suppose I shouldnâ€™t go further without acknowledging the other December holidays, but letâ€™s make something clear: Hanukkah is NOT the Jewish Christmas. That it falls around the same time as Christmas is a fluke. Hanukkah was established before Christmas was on the scene and it has absolutely nothing to do with peace and love and goodwill toward all. In fact, if anyone tells you that Hanukkah is about peace and love and goodwill they have absolutely no idea what theyâ€™re talking about. Hanukkah celebrates a bloody insurgency against an oppressive, fascist regime in defense of religious freedom. Itâ€™s also incredibly low-ranking in the hierarchy of Jewish holidays.)Â
Joe Walsh and his friends arenâ€™t fighting a “War on Christmas.” Theyâ€™re fighting for Christian supremacy. Just like everyone else who publicly decries the lack of enthusiasm about Christmas, Joe Walsh is a Christian supremacist. Joe Walsh hates real religious freedom. Joe hates that there are other religions and he hates that folks are passionate about beliefs he hasnâ€™t personally approved.Â
If folks were truly secure in their religious beliefs weâ€™d never, ever hear the phrase â€œWar on Christmas.â€ If they truly cared about observing their holiday the best way they know how it wouldnâ€™t matter what their neighbors or anyone else did this time of year.Â
If you happen to see me and wish me “Merry Christmas,” more times than not Iâ€™ll just smile politely and say, â€œYou, too.â€ Iâ€™ll do the same exact thing if you wish me, â€œHappy holidays,” “Happy Hanukkah,” or any other seasonal greeting, because unlike Joe Walsh, my faith doesnâ€™t depend on the validation of strangers.
Robbie Medwed is an Atlanta-based LGBTQ activist and writer. He’s never really been interested in joining the War on Christmas but is strongly considering it now just to annoy Joe Walsh. His column appears here weekly. Follow him on Twitter: @rjmedwed
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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’
President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”
….Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”
But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”
Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.
He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.
But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.
Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’
‘Bro Tweeted Out an Ad’
After tremendous public and private bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.
In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”
Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.
Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.
Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.
bro tweeted out an ad lmao https://t.co/EQfDBXjNfs
— Beckett (@Beckarumba) October 20, 2019
i ThOuGhT i WaS dOiNg SoMeTHiNg VeRy GoOd FoR oUr COuNtRy By UsInG tRuMp nAtIoNAl DoRaL, iN mIaMi, FoR HOsTiNg ThE g-7 LeAdErS. iT iS bIg, GrAnD, on HUnDrEdS oF aCrEs, NeXT tO mIaMi InTerNatIoNaL aIRporT, hAs TrEmEnDoUs BaLlROoMs & MeEtInG rOoMs, AnD eAcH dElEgAtIoN wOulD hAvE… https://t.co/d2PokaRegi
— dONaLd j. tRuMP 🇸🇴 (@realSpongeTrump) October 20, 2019
I have used
you had probably
it is conspicuous
and avarice https://t.co/0VJpE6rXJ5
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 20, 2019
Dude is just literally advertising his hotel right now. https://t.co/353STP5hUT
— Vincent Rivas-Flores (@vincentrivasfl) October 20, 2019
It’s official. Donny Trump is an idiot. An amoral unethical entitled stupid person with serious psychological problems.
What a mess. https://t.co/N8lFIILp66
— Not On My Watch (@NotOnMyWatch9) October 20, 2019
You’re corrupt as fuck. Everyone knows it whether they are in denial or not. https://t.co/EFKzEya02n
— Ghost of Poe 👻 (@BenStancliff) October 20, 2019
2 words… EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE https://t.co/ZGZwiK6w0R
— Dan in the Midwest (@ray_gull) October 20, 2019
You thought wrong https://t.co/Oh3TmuMjBR
— Marion Eicker (@EickerMarion) October 20, 2019
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“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.
“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”
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