I just read this article about the Christmas cards President Bush sent out to 1.4 million supporters. Let me share a quote with you, from William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights:
This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture.
Mr. Donohue, I have never met you, but I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you aren’t nearly as stupid as you seem.
According to Susan Whitson, Laura Bush’s press secretary:
Certainly President and Mrs. Bush, because of their faith, celebrate Christmas. Their cards in recent years have included best wishes for a holiday season, rather than Christmas wishes, because they are sent to people of all faiths.
It’s really not that hard to figure out. President Bush receives a whole bunch of campaign money from these people he is sending cards to. Some of them do not celebrate Christmas. So he sends out a card that is respectful to the traditions of all 1.4 million of them. So really, when Donohue says the Bushes have “capitulated to the worst elements in our culture,” what he is saying (although, remember, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he doesn’t REALIZE this is what he is saying) is that Jews, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, atheists, and other people who don’t celebrate Christmas are “the worst elements in our culture.”
Sorry, Dono, I’ll take a decent Muslim over a child-molesting Christian, or a wife-beating Christian, or a drunk-driving Christian, or a whole bunch of other elements of our culture that I think are lousy regardless of religion. George Bush is certainly not the perfect president, but anyone who is upset about this is grasping at straws.