I've heard many anti-intellectual thoughts spewed out on Fox News, but there's plenty of room for more dim-witted ideas to flourish in the conservative media and Fox News' host Gretchen Carlson is leading the way of the feeble-minded with her take that Seinfeld's episode containing the very funny "Festivus" holiday is one of her most feared examples of how anti-Christian ideas are eroding America's heritages.
Today, the far-right website WorldNetDaily interviewed Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and Fred Thompson, the former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, about their roles in the new film “Persecuted,” a thriller about looming anti-Christian oppression in the U.S.
While Thompson pointed to Obamacare and the Hobby Lobby case as examples of the government persecuting Christians, Carlson once again highlighted the real force crushing the freedoms of Christians in America: Seinfeld.
She told WorldNetDaily that “Festivus,” the secular holiday popularized by the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” is helping “erode” America’s “heritage” and “strip our society of certain things that have been in existence for a long time.”
Over the last decade, I do believe there has been more emphasis on trying to strip our society of certain things that have been in existence for a long time,” added Carlson, “such as lawsuits to take crosses down in the western part of our country, lawsuits to take out the word ‘God’ from our money or not allowing our kids to say it in their valedictorian speeches, forces pushing for atheists to lead campus Christian groups and petitions at state governors’ offices during the Christmas season to put up a ‘Festivus pole’ – from the made-up holiday of ‘Festivus’ from the ‘Seinfeld’ TV show – next to a Christian crèche on public lands.
“As a journalist, I see these stories frequently,” she said, “and I just want to make sure Americans realize if you don’t stand up and take notice of some of these things happening, before you know it, our heritage starts to erode.
This is nonsense of the highest order. Comedy is just that, comedy. "Festivus" highlights the highly commercialized stigma that the Christmas holiday has had for many decades and Jerry Stiller's performance is magnificent. How is that eroding American values and its heritages? The religious right has to put out preposterous ideas like this to justify themselves to the rubes that buy into their garbage and unfortunately it works. I love the Christmas holiday and always will.
I love Seinfeld, too.
I wonder why I don't hate Christmas now?
And one more thing, how can Gretchen Carlson call herself a journalist and promote anti-Christian propaganda at the same time?
Here's how it all began.
Festivus for the rest of us.