Fox and Friends took its coverage of the so-called “War on Christmas” to the front lines on Thursday morning by inviting Santa Claus to weigh in on America’s changing culture and secularization.
Appearing under they chyrons “End The ‘War’ On Christmas: Pro Santa Won’t Say ‘Happy Holidays” and “Ho-Ho-No Way!: Santa Won’t Be Politically Correct,” Santa Claus impersonator and author Sal Lizard spoke out against the “political correctness” of American culture:
GRETCHEN CARLSON (HOST): You’ve been around for a long time doing this. What do you make of the political correctness part of our culture? Have you seen it change over time?
LIZARD: I have. You know, I never had a problem being Santa Claus, but there was a time a few years back when suddenly I started showing up at Christmas parties and was told that they were having holiday parties. So therefore, they didn’t need a santa anymore. And it was about that time, that was the time when I think the Surgeon General said Santa should lay off the cookies and start picking up more carrots and broccoli. I heard Santa in Australia said ‘ha, ha, ha,’ so as not to offend certain gals and Santas in England couldn’t have children on their laps anymore.
Fox News covers the so-called “War on Christmas” annually, documenting perceived offenses against Christianity like using the greeting “happy holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, calling a Christmas tree a “holiday tree” or nativity scenes removed from local state buildings. The network regularly uses the segments to denounce atheists, gays, and the “abortion” agenda.
This year, however, Fox’s own religion contributor, Father Jonathan Morris, denounced the coverage calling it “silly” and pointing out that the number of people actually attempting to restrict expressions of faith is a “very small percentage.”