Friday, December 14, 2007

Barbara Walters Questions Bush Over Religious Christmas Card

Barbara Walters, as a big-time celebrity, receives Christmas cards from many important people, including the White House. Thursday on The View, she showed off her booty, including the fact that the card she received from the White House was a religious Christmas card.

As Walters said,

"Usually, in the past, when I've received Christmas cards, it's been 'Happy Holidays' and so on. And this says, 'You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.' It's from Nehemiah in the Old Testament.

I don't remember and I'm sure people will remind me, getting a religious card. Now does this also go to agnostics, and atheists, and Muslims?"

So many will say, big deal, it's a Christmas card. But I can see Walters' point, particularly about all the people this card may go to. Does Bush, as president of the United States, have a responsibility to be more careful (or at least, whoever picks these cards out)?

The problem is nowadays we bend over backwards to be less about Christmas and more about Holidays, because of political correctness. I mean, if people complain on constitutional grounds over a nativity scene in front of a courthouse, one which has been in the same location for years, how will they react to this?


Watch the video:


Guffy said...

you don't like the card, throw it away.
The president and EVERY other American has a right to send ANY card they want to.
Poliical correctness be damned!!

common sense said...

I am Muslim and find nothing wrong with the card, or the inscription itself. There is nothing in it that really says anything other than there is one God and he created everything. This also has nothing to do with the separation of church and state, so that would not be a valid argument either. There are always goign to be some people that are upset no matter what is written, however, you cannot make everyone happy and since this is a Democracy, the majority should win, no matter how loud the minority screams. The squeeky wheel does not always need to be greased.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Two level-headed posts! Where are the whacko "progressive" whiners? Barbara was hoping there was a band wagon to create on this "issue". Poor Barbara!


Anonymous said...

As an atheist I have to say that it is His Christmas card and should reflect his feelings about Christmas. I don't want people to dictate to me what I should send, so I don't feel it is my place to dictate what others should send. Everyone should send cards about how they feel and we should all accept them in the spirit of sharing with which they were sent whether we agree with the wording or not. At least the person cared enough to send you card in the first place.

Anonymous said...

if im not mistaken CHRISTMAS is a religous holiday. You people have so lost the meaning of the holiday. While waiting and fighting over the latest fads, that you wont be able to take with you, give 5 minutes to reading what CHRISTMAS is all about,you should find it on the NEW YORK BESTSELLERS LIST for over 4,000 years..... THE BIBLE it's a pretty good book,has all the latest fads that you can take with you.

amber in albuquerque said...

OK. I posted a rant about this sort of thing on my blog just the other day. If George W. Bush and his wife send their friend Barbara Walters a religious Christmas card (at their own expense)...fine. They're Christians and Barbara knows it.

If, on the other hand, the President of the United States uses taxpayer dollars to send a card with an overtly religious message as the "official White House" holiday greeting, then I think they're way out of line.

This isn't about what is PC. As a person, GWB can wish whomever he wants, whatever he wants, but as President, he should openly acknowledge differences among those in this country and the world by using a more inclusive card. It isn't about not offending people with the card's about showing that you respect differences.

BTW Christmas isn't the only holiday (religious or non-religious) celebrated in winter.

Amber...the evangelical Christian with a different opinion.

amber in albuquerque said...

My rant can be viewed here:

Oh yeah...and I guess GWB would be the last person in the universe wishing everyone a generic Peace on Earth.

Anonymous said...

Get with the Program Barbra

Politically Correct

I lost my POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and objectivity a few million illegal aliens ago!

I lost my POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and objectivity on September 11, 2001!

I am not prepared to sacrifice America on the altar of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are killed on a daily basis and yet must continue to lay their lives on the line while complying with a policy of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

Do not disrespect..... do not anger the opposition or the enemy........
What a ridiculous mandate!

Was WWII won with POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? ... If we had applied the same politically correct objectivity during that war.....we wouldn't be having this discussion.

The lives of American soldiers are too important.....Too precious to sacrifice them for POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

Our country and our way of life is too precious.....America is far too precious to sacrifice for the sake of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

What are we a bunch of idiots?

You think our enemies and those streaming illegally over our borders respect us for our diligence to courtesy and correctness?

As far too many Americans continue to Tip Toe through this issue still carrying their POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and objectivity...... our country is being inundated and overwhelmed with millions more illegal aliens.......who quickly install and elect their children to fill positions of power and influence in the communities where they have wasted no time in becoming the majority!

Is it because many Americans don't believe them when they talk about RECONQUISTA?

Is it because many Americans don't believe what they see around them everyday or in the emergency rooms of hospitals.... Many of which are on the brink of collapse?

Is it because many Americans don't believe their local newspapers, local TV news or the statistics on increased crime and disease?

Is it because they don't believe the headcount of 12-20 million?

That figure of 12-20 million was expounded a year ago and needs to be updated with a more accurate extrapolation of the statistics!

Is it because they don't believe or since it hasn't started to dramatically effect them yet, they don't care?

Enough Americans had better drop the baggage and begin to care and they had better do it soon!

It hasn't taken illegal aliens very long to reach every state in the United States.

At the rate they are overwhelming us by sheer force of numbers, we won't have long to worry about it.

Illegal aliens are not burdened with POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and objectivity.

They are not burdened with politeness, integrity or respect for the laws of the land.

To say that "They have entered this country with their hands out and the middle finger extended" is an analogy that bears repeating over and over.

A Voice in the Wilderness said...

AH, finally, a post that brought out the nut-wad right! I was beginning to believe that only reasonable, educated human beings read your blog!

Is Baba Wawa so stupid that she hasn't figured out by now that this "president"'s main objective is to eliminate seperation of church and state?

Expecting any sort of sensitivity out of hardcore Texan illiterates like Bush and Cheney is obviously expecting too much. Screw political correctness, every president up till now has kept in mind that he also serves Jews, Moslems and the occasional Buddhist.

There were illiterate idiots during the American Revolution too. That's the reason we have dissestablishment and seperation of church and state. This is the real legacy of GW, to undo the work of 200 years of tolerance and empower the Buffons of One Book.

People, it's a sad day for humanity when the US tortures prisoners, claims the RIGHT to kidnap citizens of foreign powers from their own homes and hold them incognito, applying "harsh interogation" at will, and explains all their lying and prevaricating as "just politics", all in the name of a man who turned down temporal power, taught tolerance and advocated leaving to GOD all decisions regarding the morality of others. The single best argument against the entire fundie theology is that all these idiots are still walking around making statements like the above in the name of Jesus.

BABA, get used to it. We're under attack here, and it ain't all by Al Queda.

Anonymous said...

To the Voice in the Wilderness, Please stay in the wildernes and keep your voice down. You may disturb the occasional illiterate Texan exercising the Second Amendment. Go ahead and seperate church and state, but don't think for a minute it is good idea to seperate God from anything. It was the 10 Commandments and the Judeo-Christian ethic that helped establish this country in the first place. As for President Bush (and yes the illiterate Yale graduated Texan is your President too), the quote on the card is from a Jewish prophet so is it possible the card is entirely Christian orientated?

IOWA - Voter said...

To all of those who believe that "Separation of Church and State" is listed in the constitution, read it. NOwhere in the constitution does it use that phrase or terminology.

The constitution states the the government can't have a state sponsored religion or prevent people form practicing their own religion.

"Separation of Church and State" did not exist except in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association.

This terminology was meant to protect religion not prevent it.

Ron said...

Ms. Walters,
Have you ever decided to join the human race?
-As the Internet and Blogs slowly fry your already smug reputation, look in your mirror and see if you detect anything other than arrogance.
-I don't have to like you, and you don't have to like me, but I can still grit my teeth and attempt MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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You alone are the Lord. You have made heaven, even though the vast sky, and all the host of stars, the earth and all, is it, the seas and all that is in them. They give life to everything, and flocks of heaven worship you. "It comes from Nehemiah in the Old Testament.