Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus

Here's a twist on Christmas that would make Jesus weep.
Jim Hightower's Radio Lowdown
Jim Hightower's Radio Lowdown
Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus
/

Here’s a twist on Christmas that would make Jesus weep.

First, a right-wing faction in the US has been wringing its hands over a hokey cultural “crisis” cooked up by the faction itself, namely that liberals, atheists, humanists, and – God Forbid – Marxists are waging a “War on Christmas.” The infidels are not accused of lobbing bombs in this war, but Words of Mass Destruction. Specifically, the right-wing purists wail that unholy lefties are perverting the season by saying “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

Enjoying Hightower? How about a weekly email that gives you the full scoop?

Second, some ultra conservative members of this same faction have launched their own war – against Jesus! How twisted is this? They say no one should mess with the word “Christmas,” yet they’re messing with the guy Christmas is supposed to be about.

Okay, technically they’re not going directly at Jesus, but at a key part of his message – and, and in particular, at a key messenger of Christianity: Pope Francis! They’ve decided that the Pope is a “Marxist,” pointing out that Francis speaks often about “the structural causes of poverty,” the “idolatry of money,” and the “new tyranny” of unfettered capitalism. Obviously, say the Pontiff’s pious critics, that’s commie talk.

The clincher for them was when Francis wrote an official Papal document in which he asked in outrage: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” See, cried the carpers, that’s proof that Francis is the Red Pope!

But wait – that was a very good question he asked, one ripe with the moral wrath that Jesus himself frequently showed toward the callous rich and their “love of money.” Indeed, the Pope’s words ring with the deep ethics you find in Jesus’ sermon on the Mount. Was he a commie, too?

This is Jim Hightower saying… Could it be that the carpers are the ones lacking in real Christmas spirit?

“Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount,” www.biblegateway.com, December 2013.

“Concluding Exhortations,” www.biblegateway.com, December 2013.

Pope Rains on Christmas’ glorious parade of profit,” Austin American Statesman, December 7, 2013.

“Never be afraid of tenderness,” www.vaticaninsider.lastampa.it, December 16, 2013.

“Pope Francis, The People’s Pope,” www.time.com, December 11, 2013.

I’m making moves!

We’ve got some new adventures coming down the pike, and to start preparing for that, we recommend you visit and subscribe to our Substack website and newsletter. More information to come, but if you want to get a head start, head over there now.

Check out jimhightower.substack.com »

Send this to a friend