Ep. 71 - The War On Christmas: A History
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I assume the role of candy cane-chomping Douglas MacArthur in the War On Christmas. Does it exist? Are we winning? He explains why the War on Christmas matters Plus, the Mailbag!today I assume the role of candy cane chomping Douglas MacArthur in the war on Christmas does it exist are we winning I will explain why the war on Christmas really matters and I will be wearing this helmet the whole time in case any lefties try to break in and attack me with euphemistic language plus the mailbag I'm Michael Knowles and this is the Michael Knowles show [Music] [Applause] [Music] is there a war on Christmas before we get into it I have to talk about some Christmas presents it is Christmas time so the first thing I want to talk about our movement watches you can see I'm wearing it any great general has to wear any great cultural general has to wear a watch into battle to know what time it is and what end is up movement does this really really well holiday shopping can be very tough thanks to movement all that gift-giving anxiety can disappear with the press of a button these watches make the perfect purchase for any guy in your life they really do they're so sleek they're very fashionable they also start at just 95 dollars so if you went into a department store to get a watch like this you'd probably be paying three hundred four hundred dollars movement has innovated they've shaken up the whole watch industry by selling direct to you online you can finish your holiday shopping and get a movement watch for someone on your list now the company was started by these two Broke college kids who wanted to wear nice stylish watches but they they couldn't afford them as bro college kids or want to do so they started their own watch company you know this is American ingenuity that's finest it's a great great time and a great price point for Christmas you can give someone a really high-quality gift for a reasonable price they begin at $95 and at such great prices they you know there's classic design there's quality construction there's styled minimalism you don't usually get that for under a hundred bucks so I would take advantage of this they've sold over 1 million watches in 160 countries and today this christmas came early for you guys because you will get 15% off plus free shipping and free returns by going to mV mt dot-com / co' f f/a that is CoV fe fe MVM t.com / co f f/a i recommend doing it just to type in the promo code I think you'll like the watch is when you get there it's got a clean design great fashion statement now is the time to step up your watch game and to step up the watch game of that man in your life who just you know doesn't keep track of time doesn't doesn't really dress like an adult adults should be wearing watches MVM t.com / co' FFA CoV f EF e join the movement so is there a war on Christmas of course there's a war on Christmas stop trying to be a cool guy and get the New York Times to like you by pretending there isn't there obviously is it's now fashionable in some conservative circles where people care what the New York Times thinks to say that the war on Christmas is some crazy illusion of conservatives and I'm you know I'm not that kind of conservative no no I'm educated and fancy and I think wait wait don't tell me is clever I'm not one of those middle state rubes who pays attention to the degraded culture belched out every year by our sophisticated betters on the coasts stop it stop it you're embarrassing yourself of course there is a war on Christmas to begin here's the first bit of evidence Barack Obama struck the word Christmas from the White House Christmas card a quick look back through history shows this is not the norm Calvin Coolidge wrote in his 1927 White House Christmas card the real spirit of Christmas if we think on these things there will be a born in us a savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of Hope to the world FDR wrote some variation of Merry Christmas from the President and mrs. Roosevelt each of the 150 years he reigned in the White House Harry Truman wrote quote as 1950 ebbs - it's close our hearts turned once more to Bethlehem and to the coming of a little child the divine infant that brought love to a weary world six paragraphs later six paragraphs later he concluded quote glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will peace and goodwill toward men Eisenhower wrote a curt typical season's greetings for Christmas and New Year JFK happy Christmas the pieces of LBJ's card available still don't show the wording but given his preference for four-letter epithets that's probably for the best language on the other cards is hard to track down as well until we get to George W Bush who included verses from Psalms on the Christmas card then we get to Barack Obama who not only struck mention of Christmas entirely but according to his own White House social secretary tried to ban the crash than nativity scene from the East Room of the White House now why would you do that you ask why would he want to do that because they wanted to make Christmas more quote inclusive that's the line offered by the way that's how you know that there is a war on Christmas the school districts will replace Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with the vague Happy Holidays retail outlets work environments Christmas parties have become vague holiday parties in many circles particularly in the cultural centers of the country just say Merry Christmas has become a political act that expresses to the retail worker or the acquaintance your political and politically incorrect point of view and if you harp on this long enough as I do as I do every year you will inevitably get the same reply well yeah but why shouldn't the greeting be more inclusive you know not everybody celebrates Christmas you know and and that's the moving of the goal posts first there wasn't a war on Christmas now there is but it doesn't matter that's how you know the other trick that those who deny the cultural movement will say is that it isn't a war the language it's hyperbolic it's ridiculous there isn't a war you don't say there is it there aren't guns that's true there aren't tanks and bullets Christmas is not literally being cut down by machine gun fire that's because the war on Christmas is a figure of speech much like the war on poverty say poverty is not being cut down by bullets because like Christmas it isn't material what is meant by the quote war on Christmas is a battle of language and culture there is a belligerent group of left-wing cultural warriors which seeks to replace clear traditional precise language Christmas with vague meaningless euphemisms like happy holidays and season's greetings of course both phrases have been around for a long time but whereas in the past they referred specifically to Christmas and New Year's like like Eisenhower's Christmas card season's greetings for Christmas and New Year now they serve as a replacement for the politically correct term what the modern mind considers the grave offense of Christmastime Merry Christmas but aren't there other major holidays during Christmas time beside Christmas and New Year's this is usually what they ask now really there are holidays to be sure but no major ones the closest contender we have is Hanukkah which is the Jewish festival of lights but while Hanukkah is indeed an ancient holiday it dates back about 2,000 years it is a relatively holiday major Jewish holidays are biblical they feature restrictions on work because Hanukkah is non biblical there are few religious restrictions on work according to historian Diane Ashton Hanukkah rose to prominence in America as it did not in the rest of the world because of to reform rabbis in 19th century Cincinnati who worried their children had a little connection to the synagogue before that there is a little record of Chanukah celebrations the rabbi's modeled the celebration in gift-giving after Christmas as Ashton explains quote they didn't see Christmas as something they could do easily because it's Christian but they did want to do something like that because it was American so kosher restaurants even started serving turkey dinners after the American custom that's Hanukkah the far less credible Pretender is Kwanzaa which is a socialist contrivance invented by a criminal LA City College Africana Studies professor named Maulana Karenga in 1966 he created Kwanzaa to be a holiday specifically for black americans even though black americans already celebrated christmas ironically while virtually all African slaves were brought to America from the west coast of Africa Kwanzaa is a Swahili word meaning first fruits that originated in East Africa which means none of the slaves brought to America would have understood it now one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa is communism bujjamma cooperative economics and Maulana Karenga himself was sentenced to prison in 1971 for felonious assault and false imprisonment after he sexually assaulted and tortured multiple women as the LA Times reported he ordered them to strip naked whipped them with an electrical cord and beat them with the karate baton Karenga then placed a hot soldering iron in one woman's mouth and against her face and tightened her big toe and a vise he finally put detergent and running hoses in their mouths and hit them on the head with toasters as the Black Power movement of the 1970s has waned so too has the celebration of the holiday on the high end of estimates 0.3 percent of Americans acknowledge the supposed holiday that rate continues to decline so why pretend Christmas time does not center around Christmas why pretend there are so many other major holidays on equal footing there's new year on January 1st and we've long said good tiding for Christmas and a Happy New Year there Chanukah a relatively minor holiday but by the way we don't say happy holidays instead of happy Labor Day even though Rosh Hashanah which is a far more important Jewish holiday than Chanukah sometimes occurs around the same time you don't say that we don't say happy holidays or season's greetings instead of happy Columbus Day even though Yom Kippur another much more important Jewish holiday sometimes occurs around that time well actually now we don't say happy Columbus Day either we say blessed indigenous peoples day or something like that that's another story beer is Kwanzaa virtually non-existent holiday what else is there there's Boxing Day in which no one in the United States celebrates there's the winter solstice which people pretend as a thing but nobody celebrates and of course it isn't about the the celebrants of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or the winter solstice who are waging the war on Christmas it's the Atheist left who constantly seeks to replace clear vivid language with bizarre secular euphemisms this is the essence of political correctness that the essence of political correctness is to replace clear language with euphemisms to remove the strength of that language so we have abortion abortion isn't the killing of babies in the womb it's women's reproductive health assisted suicide isn't killing the old and the sick it's euthanasia the euthanasia is a word that literally means good death the good day you know it's good it's nice so it's no surprise that is political correctness reached peak potency in the late 1990s and early 2000s we see the war on Christmas Denver banned religious floats from its Christmas parade New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg displayed the city's holiday tree major department stores like Macy's removed references to Christmas public schools began removing Christian symbols from Christmas time display all around this time how coincidental now the left alternately denies that the war on Christmas exists and then when they can't deny it any longer they say it doesn't matter who cares who cares it's just language you're just arguing over semantics sure but semantics means meaning if the language doesn't matter then why are the war on Christmas belligerents so insistent on changing the traditional clear and precise language if it doesn't matter then great great that's phat perfect Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for about happy holidays but of course language matters of course those who insist on the bizarre vague euphemisms they know precisely that because politics sits downstream of culture you know who else knows that as President Trump here he is on the campaign trail you know we're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore they don't use the word Christmas because it's not politically correct you go department stores and they'll say Happy New Year and they'll say other things and it'll be red they'll have it painted but they don't say well guess what we're saying Merry Christmas again this was a great promise people didn't really take it seriously because they don't take these language issues seriously but here is President Trump as president Christmas story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother a father their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all the gift of God's love for all of humanity whatever our beliefs we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history each and every year at Christmastime we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas what we have it's about who we are each one of us is a child of God that is the true source of joy this time of the year that is what makes every Christmas Mary and now as the president of the United States it's my tremendous honor to finally which America and the world a very Merry Christmas [Music] [Applause] there's nothing like just sitting here with a little candy cane pipe and watching that that is pretty good and there's good news the great news in the war on Christmas is the clear language and tradition are finally winning after decade or a decade and a half according to a 2005 Gallup poll 41 percent of respondents deferred to happy holidays over Merry Christmas ten years later a similar survey albeit through a different Research Center found that number had dropped to just 25 percent the last two years have brought a cultural exuberance to the right and it's given us myriad early Christmas presents tax reform originalist judges responsible foreign policy massive deregulation Obamacare mandate repeal the list goes on and on now all of this has been possible because of a cultural shift in the country away from insidious euphemisms and political correctness they've the pinnacle of insidious euphemisms now is not the time to retreat or seek the approval of the New York Times David McCullough observed that to write well is to think clearly and that's why it's so hard don't give in to fashionably muddled thinking especially around the incarnation of the divine logic himself now back to Christmas presents before we enter the mailbag back to Christmas 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you don't want to get too creative with these gifts and you don't want to go for the whiskey set or the brass knuckle meat tenderizer or whatever you can get a gift card I know everyone gets gift cards everyone probably wants gift cards it's the easiest thing to get but when you get a gift card through man crates com they deliver it with a sledgehammer and it's in a block of cement so you have to smash your block of cement to get your present and that is really the essence of the of giving a gift it's not really so much about the thing itself it's about the experience of it the relationship between you know you and the person and it's it's a really great experience and yeah highly recommended so go to man crates calm slash Knowles okay I'm gonna put down my candy cane pipe and we're going to get into the mailbag first question from David hi Michael first I'd like to point out I'm a big fan of your show Thanks you had made an argument for venerating Mary I understand having great respect to Mary as the woman chosen by God to bear Jesus in human form but I'm curious as to how it is praying to Mary not conflict with the first two Commandments I myself am a Christian based my faith on Scripture and use Scripture as the basis to evaluate practices ideologies etc thanks David a good time of year to be asking that question you know I think a lot of this boils down to this question that some Protestants ask which is why would you pray to anybody why not just pray directly to Jesus why would you pray for two Saints or why would you have people on earth pray pray to you in Revelation chapter 5 here's a verse and when he had taken it the four living creatures in the 24 elders fell down before the lamb each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of God's people so we have the Saints offering prayers to God in heaven they're offering prayers for what they're not offering prayers for themselves they're in heaven they're offering prayers for other people so as early as the the 1st century of the Christian tradition we see people asking for intercession praying for intercession and we we have the City of God the Saints who are in heaven praying for those of us who aren't there yet or who need our their prayers we have 1st Timothy from Paul which is pseudepigrapha but it might tell you something certainly we still read first timothy quote first of all then i urge that supplications prayers intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all men for kings and all who are in high positions that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life godly and respectful in every way this is good and pleasing to God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth now paul asks others to pray for him all the time in Romans and Fe's Colossians that first Thessalonians 2nd Thessalonians and he prayed for others we see that in 2nd Thessalonians Christ Himself tells us to pray for others he says quote love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you why wouldn't he tell them I'll just have them pray to me directly no he says you have to pray for others pray to whom prayed Jesus regularly supplies for one person based on the faith of another person so in Matthew we see Christ says a woman great is your faith be it done for you as you desire and her daughter is healed so it's not the daughter praying at someone interceding for the daughter and praying and based on the woman's faith the daughter the daughter is healed we don't hear about the daughter's faith we only hear about the mother's faith Matthew you know another in Matthew lord have mercy on my son for he has seizures and he suffers terribly in mark teacher I brought my son to you that he has a spirit that makes him mute in Luke do not fear only believe and she your daughter will be well so one thing we also know from James is that the prayers of the righteous work especially well so James says the prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects we know that Mary is quite righteous she there's the Immaculate Conception she was selected to be the Ark of the New Covenant to give birth to the Incarnation to our risen Lord seems to me she would be a good person to pray for you as well I think that's a lot of words I think probably you could answer that question by saying she's the mother of Jesus she's the mother of God but that I hope that clears it up a little bit because very often I think people say well I don't think we should do these rituals or these traditions or have this liturgy because it's not in Scripture but actually it is in Scripture it does come from Scripture the liturgy comes from Scripture and you just have to read a little more more broadly or more closely to see exactly how that fits in it's not always clear to people who aren't in the tradition itself next question from Brigid hey Michael so I've made a bit of a political come around in 2016 due to all the election craziness I was pretty far to the left in most ways and still am on a lot of economical issues but I've recently become more devout in my Catholic faith and have changed my position from pro-choice to pro-life I'm afraid to tell my pro-choice friends and family because I'm afraid they'll ostracize me I was wondering if you had any advice I do this is hard this is a hard thing happened to me I was pro-choice back when I was I wasn't really left-wing but I was pro-choice I'm from New York New York Republicans are just not terribly conservative as I got more conservative was clear to me that abortion isn't good and we shouldn't have to have it be a legal thing Diana Schaub who's a bioethicists convinced me of this over a lunch and when it happened I didn't know how to tell my friends the way you have to do it is two things unapologetically and patiently don't apologise the left sees pro-life as anti woman and they really earnestly believe that it's not just some joke and so you you have to be unapologetic you have nothing to apologize for but you also have to be patient with them they're not going to understand be calm usually the first person to get angry and start screaming and argument is the one who doesn't understand really what you're arguing over so be patient be calm about it and you know louis c.k had a good bid on this louis c.k that majus greatest comedian but he had a good bid he said you know abortion i don't think it's a big deal it's like going to the bathroom it's just going to the bathroom it's not a big deal or it's killing a baby it's it's either completely meaningless like excretion or it's murdering a baby and I think you have to explain those premises because if you explain those premises and it's perfectly logical and compassionate from there and then you just debate the premise is this baby in the womb is it is it living yes is it human yeah it's not a dog it's not a giraffe it's human so it's a is it independent or as a part of the mother it's independent it has its own genome it will develop into its own personality it has a beating heart within not very many days it's obviously independent or a separate rather it's obviously dependent for food on its mother and so if all of those things are true then the question is are you willing to risk what what is the moral equivalent of murder because you on the premise that it doesn't yet have human dignity when you're going to abort it if you put it in those terms I think you might not bring them totally to understanding but they'll begin to understand the premises okay we have a lot more to talk about we have so much more mailbag but I gotta say goodbye to Facebook and YouTube thank you for being with me and serving in the war on Christmas go forth troops go on you know and fight the secular language transforming opponents on the other side but if you are subscribed to the daily wire go over there right now daily wire.com and you can watch the rest of the show you also 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answer my leftist friends who point to studies that show disparities in criminal sentencing between blacks and whites there do seem to be a few that show more time for similar convictions thank you for your time this is we you shouldn't dismiss this out of hand this is a real issue there's a 2014 study that showed blacks are more likely to be jailed while awaiting trial what does this mean when you look into this it seems that it's largely because a lot of those people can't afford to post bail so the wealthier people who are jailed can post bail but these poor people can and that creates racial disparities there's also evidence that shows blacks serve longer sentences one of the reasons behind this is ironically or mandatory minimums so mandatory minimums have an important motive they have good motive but the road to hell is paved with good intentions it's the idea that certain crimes are so bad you they have to have a minimum sentence and then it's you can play around with it from there and it's up to the judge and it's up to the parole board or whatever but the mandatory minimums seem to have created some racial inequality we saw this in the drug war drugs like crack cocaine were punished much more harshly than drugs like regular cocaine I don't think there's any particularly racist reason for this crack cocaine is much worse it's much more dangerous to individuals and communities nevertheless it creates disparities in drug sentencing the thing that you should begin with here when you're talking to your friend is to suggest that perhaps the cause of these disparities is not the man it's not institutional racism it's not an intentional move on the part of the government or white people or whatever to create racial disparities and to imprison black people the situation is obviously more complex we've just talked about two examples of this so if the situation is more complex then we need to look at what is causing these disparities are they political then perhaps we can fix them are they cultural you can fix them but that's much harder you need to know what the issues are they might be Geographic and just tell them to hold their judgment for one second and if you don't take the easy silly answer that it's institutional racism I think you're more likely to arrive at a serious answer and then you can fix the problem next question from Evan dear master Knowles is Santa Claus Saint Nicholas or Saint Christopher because of Kris Kringle Merry Christmas Evan I know he's not a Saint Christopher he is Saint Nicholas jolly old Saint Nick I love st. Nicholas he was a third century Bishop from Asia Minor there's a legend around him that says he frequently gave secret presents to people and that's where we got part of the Christmas story from but forget that forget the presents forget him giving man crates to people and stuff the best story of jolly old Saint Nick is he punched a heretic at the first Council of Nicaea the first Council of Nicaea they're debating the divinity of Christ and Saint Nicholas jolly old Santa Claus got so angry by the nonsense arias was preaching that he got up and punched him in the face so there are a few memes that go around every Christmas season one says quote I came to give presents to kids and punch heretics and I just ran out of presents and then the other which is my favorite is he sees you when you're sleeping he knows when you're awake he knows if you've denied the divinity of Christ so if you're an Arian duck that's Saint Nicholas great guy worth reading about he also was martyred pretty brutally viciously tortured and killed and we commemorate him by giving each other candies and sweaters and things so worth reading about the guy a wonderful saint and gave a santa claus next email is from Luke what is the best response to atheists who say it's irrational to believe in a God because when you make an assertion you have to prove it in other words you have to prove a positive you have to avert the burden of proof is on the believer this is something Christopher Hitchens and the new atheists like to say this isn't so this is not true first of all a one point you might bring up to these people is that every culture around the entire world for all of time has believed in a remarkably similar version of divinity and metaphysics and God that is a little strange it seems to be baked into humanity just as thirst is baked in just as hunger is baked in and then the second thing I would point out take so many things on faith all the time this is evidence that a little bit of learning is a dangerous thing people have learned a very basic version of induction or a very basic version of the scientific method and so they think that you can prove everything using the scientific method but obviously this breaks down when you get to the scientific method itself it breaks down at reason so what are some axiom in mathematics there are a lot of axiom rather v axiom you have to assume that a equals a with it if a doesn't equal a you can't perform mathematics right you have to assume that if a equals B then B equals a if a equals B then B and B equals C then a equals C right if a equals B then a plus C equals B plus C right you can't prove that those are just axia those are the building blocks even for reason you can't make an argument for reason so I can say well I'm gonna prove that my faculties of reason are reliable I'm going to prove logical argument but you can't do it because the only way that you could do that is to make a logical argument and it begs the question it assumes the conclusion in the premise of the question you can't prove it yesterday existed there are many many things that you can't prove that you take on faith so what you have to parse are those aspects of theology that B we can reason through and you know Thomas Aquinas did a pretty good job of this and many others and and where ultimately reasoned butts up against what ca

I assume the role of candy cane-chomping Douglas MacArthur in the War On Christmas. Does it exist? Are we winning? He explains why the War on Christmas matters Plus, the Mailbag!today I assume the role of candy cane chomping Douglas MacArthur in the war on Christmas does it exist are we winning I will explain why the war on Christmas really matters and I will be wearing this helmet the whole time in case any lefties try to break in and attack me with euphemistic language plus the mailbag I'm Michael Knowles and this is the Michael Knowles show [Music] [Applause] [Music] is there a war on Christmas before we get into it I have to talk about some Christmas presents it is Christmas time so the first thing I want to talk about our movement watches you can see I'm wearing it any great general has to wear any great cultural general has to wear a watch into battle to know what time it is and what end is up movement does this really really well holiday shopping can be very tough thanks to movement all that gift-giving anxiety can disappear with the press of a button these watches make the perfect purchase for any guy in your life they really do they're so sleek they're very fashionable they also start at just 95 dollars so if you went into a department store to get a watch like this you'd probably be paying three hundred four hundred dollars movement has innovated they've shaken up the whole watch industry by selling direct to you online you can finish your holiday shopping and get a movement watch for someone on your list now the company was started by these two Broke college kids who wanted to wear nice stylish watches but they they couldn't afford them as bro college kids or want to do so they started their own watch company you know this is American ingenuity that's finest it's a great great time and a great price point for Christmas you can give someone a really high-quality gift for a reasonable price they begin at $95 and at such great prices they you know there's classic design there's quality construction there's styled minimalism you don't usually get that for under a hundred bucks so I would take advantage of this they've sold over 1 million watches in 160 countries and today this christmas came early for you guys because you will get 15% off plus free shipping and free returns by going to mV mt dot-com / co' f f/a that is CoV fe fe MVM t.com / co f f/a i recommend doing it just to type in the promo code I think you'll like the watch is when you get there it's got a clean design great fashion statement now is the time to step up your watch game and to step up the watch game of that man in your life who just you know doesn't keep track of time doesn't doesn't really dress like an adult adults should be wearing watches MVM t.com / co' FFA CoV f EF e join the movement so is there a war on Christmas of course there's a war on Christmas stop trying to be a cool guy and get the New York Times to like you by pretending there isn't there obviously is it's now fashionable in some conservative circles where people care what the New York Times thinks to say that the war on Christmas is some crazy illusion of conservatives and I'm you know I'm not that kind of conservative no no I'm educated and fancy and I think wait wait don't tell me is clever I'm not one of those middle state rubes who pays attention to the degraded culture belched out every year by our sophisticated betters on the coasts stop it stop it you're embarrassing yourself of course there is a war on Christmas to begin here's the first bit of evidence Barack Obama struck the word Christmas from the White House Christmas card a quick look back through history shows this is not the norm Calvin Coolidge wrote in his 1927 White House Christmas card the real spirit of Christmas if we think on these things there will be a born in us a savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of Hope to the world FDR wrote some variation of Merry Christmas from the President and mrs. Roosevelt each of the 150 years he reigned in the White House Harry Truman wrote quote as 1950 ebbs - it's close our hearts turned once more to Bethlehem and to the coming of a little child the divine infant that brought love to a weary world six paragraphs later six paragraphs later he concluded quote glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will peace and goodwill toward men Eisenhower wrote a curt typical season's greetings for Christmas and New Year JFK happy Christmas the pieces of LBJ's card available still don't show the wording but given his preference for four-letter epithets that's probably for the best language on the other cards is hard to track down as well until we get to George W Bush who included verses from Psalms on the Christmas card then we get to Barack Obama who not only struck mention of Christmas entirely but according to his own White House social secretary tried to ban the crash than nativity scene from the East Room of the White House now why would you do that you ask why would he want to do that because they wanted to make Christmas more quote inclusive that's the line offered by the way that's how you know that there is a war on Christmas the school districts will replace Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with the vague Happy Holidays retail outlets work environments Christmas parties have become vague holiday parties in many circles particularly in the cultural centers of the country just say Merry Christmas has become a political act that expresses to the retail worker or the acquaintance your political and politically incorrect point of view and if you harp on this long enough as I do as I do every year you will inevitably get the same reply well yeah but why shouldn't the greeting be more inclusive you know not everybody celebrates Christmas you know and and that's the moving of the goal posts first there wasn't a war on Christmas now there is but it doesn't matter that's how you know the other trick that those who deny the cultural movement will say is that it isn't a war the language it's hyperbolic it's ridiculous there isn't a war you don't say there is it there aren't guns that's true there aren't tanks and bullets Christmas is not literally being cut down by machine gun fire that's because the war on Christmas is a figure of speech much like the war on poverty say poverty is not being cut down by bullets because like Christmas it isn't material what is meant by the quote war on Christmas is a battle of language and culture there is a belligerent group of left-wing cultural warriors which seeks to replace clear traditional precise language Christmas with vague meaningless euphemisms like happy holidays and season's greetings of course both phrases have been around for a long time but whereas in the past they referred specifically to Christmas and New Year's like like Eisenhower's Christmas card season's greetings for Christmas and New Year now they serve as a replacement for the politically correct term what the modern mind considers the grave offense of Christmastime Merry Christmas but aren't there other major holidays during Christmas time beside Christmas and New Year's this is usually what they ask now really there are holidays to be sure but no major ones the closest contender we have is Hanukkah which is the Jewish festival of lights but while Hanukkah is indeed an ancient holiday it dates back about 2,000 years it is a relatively holiday major Jewish holidays are biblical they feature restrictions on work because Hanukkah is non biblical there are few religious restrictions on work according to historian Diane Ashton Hanukkah rose to prominence in America as it did not in the rest of the world because of to reform rabbis in 19th century Cincinnati who worried their children had a little connection to the synagogue before that there is a little record of Chanukah celebrations the rabbi's modeled the celebration in gift-giving after Christmas as Ashton explains quote they didn't see Christmas as something they could do easily because it's Christian but they did want to do something like that because it was American so kosher restaurants even started serving turkey dinners after the American custom that's Hanukkah the far less credible Pretender is Kwanzaa which is a socialist contrivance invented by a criminal LA City College Africana Studies professor named Maulana Karenga in 1966 he created Kwanzaa to be a holiday specifically for black americans even though black americans already celebrated christmas ironically while virtually all African slaves were brought to America from the west coast of Africa Kwanzaa is a Swahili word meaning first fruits that originated in East Africa which means none of the slaves brought to America would have understood it now one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa is communism bujjamma cooperative economics and Maulana Karenga himself was sentenced to prison in 1971 for felonious assault and false imprisonment after he sexually assaulted and tortured multiple women as the LA Times reported he ordered them to strip naked whipped them with an electrical cord and beat them with the karate baton Karenga then placed a hot soldering iron in one woman's mouth and against her face and tightened her big toe and a vise he finally put detergent and running hoses in their mouths and hit them on the head with toasters as the Black Power movement of the 1970s has waned so too has the celebration of the holiday on the high end of estimates 0.3 percent of Americans acknowledge the supposed holiday that rate continues to decline so why pretend Christmas time does not center around Christmas why pretend there are so many other major holidays on equal footing there's new year on January 1st and we've long said good tiding for Christmas and a Happy New Year there Chanukah a relatively minor holiday but by the way we don't say happy holidays instead of happy Labor Day even though Rosh Hashanah which is a far more important Jewish holiday than Chanukah sometimes occurs around the same time you don't say that we don't say happy holidays or season's greetings instead of happy Columbus Day even though Yom Kippur another much more important Jewish holiday sometimes occurs around that time well actually now we don't say happy Columbus Day either we say blessed indigenous peoples day or something like that that's another story beer is Kwanzaa virtually non-existent holiday what else is there there's Boxing Day in which no one in the United States celebrates there's the winter solstice which people pretend as a thing but nobody celebrates and of course it isn't about the the celebrants of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or the winter solstice who are waging the war on Christmas it's the Atheist left who constantly seeks to replace clear vivid language with bizarre secular euphemisms this is the essence of political correctness that the essence of political correctness is to replace clear language with euphemisms to remove the strength of that language so we have abortion abortion isn't the killing of babies in the womb it's women's reproductive health assisted suicide isn't killing the old and the sick it's euthanasia the euthanasia is a word that literally means good death the good day you know it's good it's nice so it's no surprise that is political correctness reached peak potency in the late 1990s and early 2000s we see the war on Christmas Denver banned religious floats from its Christmas parade New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg displayed the city's holiday tree major department stores like Macy's removed references to Christmas public schools began removing Christian symbols from Christmas time display all around this time how coincidental now the left alternately denies that the war on Christmas exists and then when they can't deny it any longer they say it doesn't matter who cares who cares it's just language you're just arguing over semantics sure but semantics means meaning if the language doesn't matter then why are the war on Christmas belligerents so insistent on changing the traditional clear and precise language if it doesn't matter then great great that's phat perfect Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for about happy holidays but of course language matters of course those who insist on the bizarre vague euphemisms they know precisely that because politics sits downstream of culture you know who else knows that as President Trump here he is on the campaign trail you know we're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore they don't use the word Christmas because it's not politically correct you go department stores and they'll say Happy New Year and they'll say other things and it'll be red they'll have it painted but they don't say well guess what we're saying Merry Christmas again this was a great promise people didn't really take it seriously because they don't take these language issues seriously but here is President Trump as president Christmas story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother a father their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all the gift of God's love for all of humanity whatever our beliefs we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history each and every year at Christmastime we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas what we have it's about who we are each one of us is a child of God that is the true source of joy this time of the year that is what makes every Christmas Mary and now as the president of the United States it's my tremendous honor to finally which America and the world a very Merry Christmas [Music] [Applause] there's nothing like just sitting here with a little candy cane pipe and watching that that is pretty good and there's good news the great news in the war on Christmas is the clear language and tradition are finally winning after decade or a decade and a half according to a 2005 Gallup poll 41 percent of respondents deferred to happy holidays over Merry Christmas ten years later a similar survey albeit through a different Research Center found that number had dropped to just 25 percent the last two years have brought a cultural exuberance to the right and it's given us myriad early Christmas presents tax reform originalist judges responsible foreign policy massive deregulation Obamacare mandate repeal the list goes on and on now all of this has been possible because of a cultural shift in the country away from insidious euphemisms and political correctness they've the pinnacle of insidious euphemisms now is not the time to retreat or seek the approval of the New York Times David McCullough observed that to write well is to think clearly and that's why it's so hard don't give in to fashionably muddled thinking especially around the incarnation of the divine logic himself now back to Christmas presents before we enter the mailbag back to Christmas presents because I have just gotten my favorite Christmas presents so far of the year ever you might have seen this if you watch Andrew Klavan show you got to unpack a man crate this is from man crates and it was this box it comes and it's it's gift wrapped in duct tape and it comes in a giant crate and it comes with a crowbar and you open up your box that way and they have these excellent gifts for men so I know it's very hard to pick out the perfect gift for everybody you know it's very easy to get it wrong you feel bad if you don't put any thought into it man crates calm is the surest way to find gifts that guys will actually love guaranteed the wreath I have been begging by the way for this sponsor for a while now because I wanted a man great this is not a cheese of the Month Club it's not a new Thai Club they offer over 100 hand curated gift collections for every type of guy from the rugged outdoorsman to the sports fanatic and everything in between so the one that I got is the 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you don't want to get too creative with these gifts and you don't want to go for the whiskey set or the brass knuckle meat tenderizer or whatever you can get a gift card I know everyone gets gift cards everyone probably wants gift cards it's the easiest thing to get but when you get a gift card through man crates com they deliver it with a sledgehammer and it's in a block of cement so you have to smash your block of cement to get your present and that is really the essence of the of giving a gift it's not really so much about the thing itself it's about the experience of it the relationship between you know you and the person and it's it's a really great experience and yeah highly recommended so go to man crates calm slash Knowles okay I'm gonna put down my candy cane pipe and we're going to get into the mailbag first question from David hi Michael first I'd like to point out I'm a big fan of your show Thanks you had made an argument for venerating Mary I understand having great respect to Mary as the woman chosen by God to bear Jesus in human form but I'm curious as to how it is praying to Mary not conflict with the first two Commandments I myself am a Christian based my faith on Scripture and use Scripture as the basis to evaluate practices ideologies etc thanks David a good time of year to be asking that question you know I think a lot of this boils down to this question that some Protestants ask which is why would you pray to anybody why not just pray directly to Jesus why would you pray for two Saints or why would you have people on earth pray pray to you in Revelation chapter 5 here's a verse and when he had taken it the four living creatures in the 24 elders fell down before the lamb each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of God's people so we have the Saints offering prayers to God in heaven they're offering prayers for what they're not offering prayers for themselves they're in heaven they're offering prayers for other people so as early as the the 1st century of the Christian tradition we see people asking for intercession praying for intercession and we we have the City of God the Saints who are in heaven praying for those of us who aren't there yet or who need our their prayers we have 1st Timothy from Paul which is pseudepigrapha but it might tell you something certainly we still read first timothy quote first of all then i urge that supplications prayers intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all men for kings and all who are in high positions that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life godly and respectful in every way this is good and pleasing to God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth now paul asks others to pray for him all the time in Romans and Fe's Colossians that first Thessalonians 2nd Thessalonians and he prayed for others we see that in 2nd Thessalonians Christ Himself tells us to pray for others he says quote love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you why wouldn't he tell them I'll just have them pray to me directly no he says you have to pray for others pray to whom prayed Jesus regularly supplies for one person based on the faith of another person so in Matthew we see Christ says a woman great is your faith be it done for you as you desire and her daughter is healed so it's not the daughter praying at someone interceding for the daughter and praying and based on the woman's faith the daughter the daughter is healed we don't hear about the daughter's faith we only hear about the mother's faith Matthew you know another in Matthew lord have mercy on my son for he has seizures and he suffers terribly in mark teacher I brought my son to you that he has a spirit that makes him mute in Luke do not fear only believe and she your daughter will be well so one thing we also know from James is that the prayers of the righteous work especially well so James says the prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects we know that Mary is quite righteous she there's the Immaculate Conception she was selected to be the Ark of the New Covenant to give birth to the Incarnation to our risen Lord seems to me she would be a good person to pray for you as well I think that's a lot of words I think probably you could answer that question by saying she's the mother of Jesus she's the mother of God but that I hope that clears it up a little bit because very often I think people say well I don't think we should do these rituals or these traditions or have this liturgy because it's not in Scripture but actually it is in Scripture it does come from Scripture the liturgy comes from Scripture and you just have to read a little more more broadly or more closely to see exactly how that fits in it's not always clear to people who aren't in the tradition itself next question from Brigid hey Michael so I've made a bit of a political come around in 2016 due to all the election craziness I was pretty far to the left in most ways and still am on a lot of economical issues but I've recently become more devout in my Catholic faith and have changed my position from pro-choice to pro-life I'm afraid to tell my pro-choice friends and family because I'm afraid they'll ostracize me I was wondering if you had any advice I do this is hard this is a hard thing happened to me I was pro-choice back when I was I wasn't really left-wing but I was pro-choice I'm from New York New York Republicans are just not terribly conservative as I got more conservative was clear to me that abortion isn't good and we shouldn't have to have it be a legal thing Diana Schaub who's a bioethicists convinced me of this over a lunch and when it happened I didn't know how to tell my friends the way you have to do it is two things unapologetically and patiently don't apologise the left sees pro-life as anti woman and they really earnestly believe that it's not just some joke and so you you have to be unapologetic you have nothing to apologize for but you also have to be patient with them they're not going to understand be calm usually the first person to get angry and start screaming and argument is the one who doesn't understand really what you're arguing over so be patient be calm about it and you know louis c.k had a good bid on this louis c.k that majus greatest comedian but he had a good bid he said you know abortion i don't think it's a big deal it's like going to the bathroom it's just going to the bathroom it's not a big deal or it's killing a baby it's it's either completely meaningless like excretion or it's murdering a baby and I think you have to explain those premises because if you explain those premises and it's perfectly logical and compassionate from there and then you just debate the premise is this baby in the womb is it is it living yes is it human yeah it's not a dog it's not a giraffe it's human so it's a is it independent or as a part of the mother it's independent it has its own genome it will develop into its own personality it has a beating heart within not very many days it's obviously independent or a separate rather it's obviously dependent for food on its mother and so if all of those things are true then the question is are you willing to risk what what is the moral equivalent of murder because you on the premise that it doesn't yet have human dignity when you're going to abort it if you put it in those terms I think you might not bring them totally to understanding but they'll begin to understand the premises okay we have a lot more to talk about we have so much more mailbag but I gotta say goodbye to Facebook and YouTube thank you for being with me and serving in the war on Christmas go forth troops go on you know and fight the secular language transforming opponents on the other side but if you are subscribed to the daily wire go over there right now daily wire.com and you can watch the rest of the show you also 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answer my leftist friends who point to studies that show disparities in criminal sentencing between blacks and whites there do seem to be a few that show more time for similar convictions thank you for your time this is we you shouldn't dismiss this out of hand this is a real issue there's a 2014 study that showed blacks are more likely to be jailed while awaiting trial what does this mean when you look into this it seems that it's largely because a lot of those people can't afford to post bail so the wealthier people who are jailed can post bail but these poor people can and that creates racial disparities there's also evidence that shows blacks serve longer sentences one of the reasons behind this is ironically or mandatory minimums so mandatory minimums have an important motive they have good motive but the road to hell is paved with good intentions it's the idea that certain crimes are so bad you they have to have a minimum sentence and then it's you can play around with it from there and it's up to the judge and it's up to the parole board or whatever but the mandatory minimums seem to have created some racial inequality we saw this in the drug war drugs like crack cocaine were punished much more harshly than drugs like regular cocaine I don't think there's any particularly racist reason for this crack cocaine is much worse it's much more dangerous to individuals and communities nevertheless it creates disparities in drug sentencing the thing that you should begin with here when you're talking to your friend is to suggest that perhaps the cause of these disparities is not the man it's not institutional racism it's not an intentional move on the part of the government or white people or whatever to create racial disparities and to imprison black people the situation is obviously more complex we've just talked about two examples of this so if the situation is more complex then we need to look at what is causing these disparities are they political then perhaps we can fix them are they cultural you can fix them but that's much harder you need to know what the issues are they might be Geographic and just tell them to hold their judgment for one second and if you don't take the easy silly answer that it's institutional racism I think you're more likely to arrive at a serious answer and then you can fix the problem next question from Evan dear master Knowles is Santa Claus Saint Nicholas or Saint Christopher because of Kris Kringle Merry Christmas Evan I know he's not a Saint Christopher he is Saint Nicholas jolly old Saint Nick I love st. Nicholas he was a third century Bishop from Asia Minor there's a legend around him that says he frequently gave secret presents to people and that's where we got part of the Christmas story from but forget that forget the presents forget him giving man crates to people and stuff the best story of jolly old Saint Nick is he punched a heretic at the first Council of Nicaea the first Council of Nicaea they're debating the divinity of Christ and Saint Nicholas jolly old Santa Claus got so angry by the nonsense arias was preaching that he got up and punched him in the face so there are a few memes that go around every Christmas season one says quote I came to give presents to kids and punch heretics and I just ran out of presents and then the other which is my favorite is he sees you when you're sleeping he knows when you're awake he knows if you've denied the divinity of Christ so if you're an Arian duck that's Saint Nicholas great guy worth reading about he also was martyred pretty brutally viciously tortured and killed and we commemorate him by giving each other candies and sweaters and things so worth reading about the guy a wonderful saint and gave a santa claus next email is from Luke what is the best response to atheists who say it's irrational to believe in a God because when you make an assertion you have to prove it in other words you have to prove a positive you have to avert the burden of proof is on the believer this is something Christopher Hitchens and the new atheists like to say this isn't so this is not true first of all a one point you might bring up to these people is that every culture around the entire world for all of time has believed in a remarkably similar version of divinity and metaphysics and God that is a little strange it seems to be baked into humanity just as thirst is baked in just as hunger is baked in and then the second thing I would point out take so many things on faith all the time this is evidence that a little bit of learning is a dangerous thing people have learned a very basic version of induction or a very basic version of the scientific method and so they think that you can prove everything using the scientific method but obviously this breaks down when you get to the scientific method itself it breaks down at reason so what are some axiom in mathematics there are a lot of axiom rather v axiom you have to assume that a equals a with it if a doesn't equal a you can't perform mathematics right you have to assume that if a equals B then B equals a if a equals B then B and B equals C then a equals C right if a equals B then a plus C equals B plus C right you can't prove that those are just axia those are the building blocks even for reason you can't make an argument for reason so I can say well I'm gonna prove that my faculties of reason are reliable I'm going to prove logical argument but you can't do it because the only way that you could do that is to make a logical argument and it begs the question it assumes the conclusion in the premise of the question you can't prove it yesterday existed there are many many things that you can't prove that you take on faith so what you have to parse are those aspects of theology that B we can reason through and you know Thomas Aquinas did a pretty good job of this and many others and and where ultimately reasoned butts up against what ca

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