OBAMAS WOULD LIKE TO NEUTER CHRISTMAS
December 7, 2009
In yesterdayâ€™s New York Times, there was an article about White House social secretary DesirÃ©e Rogers. In it, reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote: â€œWhen former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a â€˜non-religious Christmasâ€¦.â€™â€
This same participant said that â€œthe Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on displayâ€ (this was confirmed by the White House). Indeed, as Stolberg wrote, â€œthere had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crÃ¨che.â€
Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today:
Unlike almost all Americansâ€”including atheistsâ€”the Obamas do not give their children Christmas gifts. We know this because Barack bragged about this last year to People magazine. So it should come as no big surprise that he and his wife would like to neuter Christmas in the White House. Thatâ€™s their natural stepâ€”to ban the public display of Christian symbols. Have any doubts? Last April, Georgetown University was ordered to put a drape over the name of Jesus as a condition of the president speaking there.
If the Obamas want to deprive their children of celebrating Christmas, that is their business. It is the business of the public to hold them accountable for the way they celebrate Christmas in the White House. We know one thing for sure: no other administration ever entertained internal discussions on whether to display a nativity scene in the White House.
Would this really offend anyone if the Obamas celebrate Christmas as they usually do?