2013: The Right’s war on Christmas continues...

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 2013: The Right’s war on Christmas continues...

For the past decade now, when this holiday season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle from someone from the Right—the continuing war on Christmas.

That this annual present comes this year from a host on Fox News is no surprise.

On her recent show "The Kelly File," Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

Kelly's assertion was a response to Aisha Harris’s (African American, and "Slate" culture blogger) contestation that the commercial image of Santa Claus, in this day and age, should no longer be a white man, but rather a penguin.

"Two decades later, America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Isn’t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?... I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin," Harris wrote in her blog.

While Kelly has backpedaled on her assertion that Jesus is white, she has remained, however, both unwavering and unapologetic in her claim that Santa is.

“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.”

For Kelly the incontrovertible evidence she cited was the 1947 Hollywood classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

In her cleanup effort to stem the avalanche of criticism that she is, at best, naively insensitive, and, at worst, outrightly racist, Kelly now states her remarks were merely tongue-in cheek, calling her critics "humorless."

Last year, in 2012, the Right’s holiday kerfuffle was about what the appropriated season’s greeting would be exemplified the continued chapter in the culture war spearheaded by what the Christian Right calls the "War on Christmas."

With Hanukkah (except this year in my lifetime), Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Christmas all celebrated this time of year, one would think that we would embrace an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity with two simple words—Happy Holidays!

In 2011 the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, vexed his Republican colleagues by renaming the state house Christmas tree a "holiday tree."

"The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the state’s founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance -- where government and religion were kept separate," the Daily Mail reported.

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