Attention fellow members of the Political Correctness Elite: Congressman Robert Pittenger is on to us and our plot to undermine Christmas. He is putting Christ back into Christmas, so we will have to find other strategies to squelch the joy of this sacred holiday.
OK, seriously: What would we do without Robert Pittenger saving Christmas? The Charlotte Republican has launched a television, radio and online ad campaign that, supposedly, aims to “end political correctness and put the true meaning of Christ back into Christmas.”
Pittenger sent a telling email Monday, though. It said in part: “In a world that does everything to squelch the joy and historical wonder of Biblical Christmas and our traditions, we must work together to defend our faith and take a stand against political correctness and the elite who attempt to silence us.”
Followed by a clickable: DONATE TO ROBERT.
Did we mention that just around the corner Pittenger faces a primary from a conservative Baptist minister who almost beat him last year?
In a press release about the ad campaign, Pittenger says “I want those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to embrace the special meaning of this season” and “I am honored to take the onslaught from the political correctness elite to help inspire every American to proclaim Merry Christmas with all the joy and peace of this special season.”
Of course, those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord already embrace the special meaning of this season with no help from a politician running for re-election. And it’s stunning how intolerant of our multicultural society Pittenger reveals himself to be by urging “every American” to proclaim Merry Christmas.
If Pittenger really wants Jesus’s example more prominent in modern society, he could start by not saying that the violence in Charlotte after the Keith Scott shooting stemmed from protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” That’s what Pittenger told the BBC last fall before apologizing in the face of international criticism. And he could reverse his opposition to a law that would prevent discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation. And he could have more sympathy for people who would lose health coverage from ACA repeal rather than telling them to move to another state.
Pittenger, notably, does not cite any specific examples of how Christmas is being threatened. There is certainly too much commercialism tied to it, but Christians already have Jesus at the center of it without Pittenger’s involvement.
Pittenger’s ads are worse than merely unnecessary. They are him going out of his way to be purposely divisive in the hope it will gain him some votes in May. How cynical. And how illustrative of why Americans hate politics.
What a waste of time, effort and attention. We need Pittenger to instead put the represent back in the House of Representatives.