Every holiday season, Fox News launches an attack on the “War on Christmas,” documenting perceived offenses like the term “holiday tree” or nativity scenes removed from local state buildings. For back-up, Fox and Friends invited Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest and regular contributor, to discuss the so-called war.
Morris has previously called Islam a “messed up” religion and said that clergy should be “ready to die” in the fight against President Obama’s birth control coverage mandate. But on Sunday’s segment, Morris drew the line at the war on Christmas, calling it “silly” and pointing out that the number of people actually attempting to restrict expressions of faith is a “very small percentage.”
The reason I’m not angry is that, yes, I think it’s silly, it’s out of place for people to dedicate so much energy to try to get rid of Christmas scenes like this. The good news is when Christianity has been persecuted, when it has been outlawed, when people have died for their faith, it hasn’t gone away. Everybody has an opportunity to make sure their faith does not go away in this Christmas season to live that faith as a family, as a community. What should we do about these, I think very small percentage of people who are working to try to get rid of these public expressions of faith? I think we should speak up. That’s why I am doing it. That’s why I think it’s important we have these stories to show what they are trying to do — without losing the peace. If our Christmas is going to be all about getting a upset at people trying to take away Christmas, isn’t that silly too?
Morris did defend public expressions of faith, explaining that the courts allow state buildings to host religious displays. Finally, he laughed, “You guys look so angry about this war on Christmas!”