May I present, some quotes from Donald Trump about Christmas:
“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct, We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. I remind you that we’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said. “Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas, everyone. Happy New Year, but merry Christmas.”
and finishing on…
“You go to stores, you don’t see the word Christmas,” Trump said last year. “It says ‘happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’ .?.?. I want to see Christmas.”
With the above comments in mind, here’s some Christmas news from Nazareth. Where Jesus grew up. According to Mashable:
The mayor of Nazareth is canceling Christmas, and he’s blaming Donald Trump.
Ali Salam, who is Muslim in the Muslim-majority city, shut down all Christmas festivities in the city in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said, according to the Times of Israel. “The decision (by Trump) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
The city council was the bearer of the bad news Thursday after the mayor made the economically risky decision. Religious tourists flock to the city where Jesus grew up, especially for the Christmas holiday.
Read more, including some Twitter reactions, over at Mashable.
While I wouldn’t suggest there is a definite direct line of cause and effect between Donald Trumps foreign policy, and the above news from Nazareth (with no other factors involved); I do find it interesting that the man who has seemed to concentrate so much on Christmas, has been quoted as a reason for Christmas being cancelled.
I guess Trump isn’t that great making sure that Christmas is all around.
Quotes from CNN, and Washington Post.