White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers… [said] that this year the White House would have a “non-religious” Christmas celebration… “Ms. Rogers [noted] that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.)” After the outcry, the White House withdrew its bizarre ban of the Nativity scene.
My two cents
I hate the fact that the Obamas even thought to remove the Nativity scene. It seems like grandstanding, rather than a sensible move. I could imagine a reporter asking Barack Obama about this one day. I wonder if he went along with someone else’s suggestion, or whether he came up with it. Either way, would he give a straight answer, or just rhetoric without a teleprompter?
Thankfully cooler heads prevailed…for now.
I hate how the concept of a non-religious Christmas was once an oxymoron, but not so much nowadays. I also hate it when terms like ‘inclusive’ become loaded and used for misleading political ends. The ‘Christmas excludes non-Christians’ presupposition is faulty. Rather, to quote Bart Simpson, ‘Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.’