The Jewish Grinch Who Stole Christmas

I never thought I’d live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word. You think it hasn’t? Then why is it that people are being prevented from saying it in polite society for fear that it will offend?

Why, after 60 years, is the city of Santa Monica, California, no longer allowed to erect its traditional crèche in the palisades overlooking the Pacific Ocean and why is the governor of Rhode Island insisting on calling the state’s Christmas tree a holiday tree?

Schools are being forced to replace “Christmas vacation” with “winter break” in their printed schedules. At some major retail chains, the word is verboten, replaced as a matter of policy by the generic Happy Holidays. Carols, even instrumental versions, are verboten in certain locales. All across the country, grammar schools are banning Christmas pageants.

How is it, one well might ask, that in a Christian nation this is happening? And in case you find that designation objectionable, would you deny that India is a Hindu country, that Turkey is Muslim, that Poland is Catholic? That doesn’t mean those nations are theocracies. But when the overwhelming majority of a country’s population believe Jesus to be their savior, only a darn fool would deny the obvious.

Although it seems a long time ago, it really wasn’t, that people who came here from other places made every attempt to fit in. Assimilation wasn’t a threat to anyone; it was what the Statue of Liberty represented. E pluribus unum, one out of many, was our motto. The world’s melting pot was our nickname. It didn’t mean that any group of people had to check their customs, culture or cuisine, at the door. It did mean that they, and especially their children, learned English, and that they learned to live and let live.

That has changed, as you may have noticed. And I lay a great deal of the blame at the feet of my fellow Jews. When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian, agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the largely Jewish funded ACLU, at the forefront. What makes them even more obnoxious is that, by and large, the Jews who are leading the crusade against what is, we should never forget, a national holiday, are secular. So it’s not even a question of their religion being shortchanged; they hate their own, as well. They’re the pinheads who pretend that “separation of church and state” appears in the Constitution.

I should confess that because my family was Jewish, Christmas was never celebrated while I was growing up. But what was there not to like about the holiday? To begin with, it provided a welcome two week break from school. The decorated trees were pretty, the lights were beautiful, It’s a Wonderful Life was a great movie, and some of the best Christmas songs were even written by Jews.

But the dirty little secret in America is that in spite of the occasional over-publicized rants by the likes of Mel Gibson and Michael Richards, anti-Semitism is no longer a problem in society; it’s been replaced by a rampant anti-Christianity. For example, much of the hatred spewed towards George W. Bush had far less to do with his policies than it did with his religion. As you may have noticed, they haven’t called Barack Obama any bad names even though he’s kept Gitmo open, extended the Patriot Act and even used drones to kill American citizens. Could it be because they understand that he only attended church in order to get his political career off the ground?

These Jewish bigots voiced no concern when Bill Clinton or John Kerry made a big production out of showing up at black Baptist churches or posing with Rev. Jesse Jackson because, again, they understand that’s just politics. They only object to politicians attending church for religious reasons.

My fellow Jews, who often have the survival of Israel heading the list of their concerns when it comes to electing a president, only gave 26% of their vote to Bush and roughly 30% to Mitt Romney, even though they were clearly far friendlier towards Israel than John Kerry or Barack Obama.

What’s more, unlike Clinton, who had Yasser Arafat sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom so often even Monica Lewinsky got jealous, Bush saw to it that the Palestinian butcher was persona non grata at the White House. But if you mention George Bush to most secular Jews, their reaction is to spit first and ask questions later.

It is the ACLU, which is largely funded by Jews and has a legal department that is almost exclusively Jewish, that is leading the attack against Christianity in America. It is they who have conned far too many people into believing that when the 1st Amendment states that Congress is prohibited from establishing a state religion, what it really means is that a Christmas wreath can’t be placed on City Hall. They also cynically ignore the part that prohibits Congress from “abridging the free exercise” of religion.

You may have noticed, though, that the ACLU is highly selective when it comes to religious intolerance. The same group of self-righteous shysters who, at the drop of a “Merry Christmas” will slap you with an injunction, will fight for the right of an American Indian to ingest peyote and a devout Islamic woman to appear veiled on her driver’s license.

I happen to despise bullies and bigots. I hate them when they represent the majority, but no less when, like too many Jews in America, they represent an infinitesimal minority.

I am getting the idea that these self-righteous secular Jews won’t be happy until they pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences.

I should point out that many of these people abhor Judaism every bit as much as they do Christianity. They’re the ones who behave as if atheism were a calling. They’re the nutcakes who go berserk if anyone even says, “In God we trust” or mentions that the Declaration of Independence refers to a Creator with a capital “C.” By this time, I’m only surprised that they haven’t begun a campaign to do away with Sunday as a day of rest. After all, it’s only for religious reasons — Christian reasons — that Sunday, and not Tuesday or Wednesday, is so designated.

This is a Christian nation, my friends. And all of us are fortunate it is one, and that so many millions of Americans have seen fit to live up to the highest precepts of their religion. It should never be forgotten that, in the main, it was Christian soldiers who fought and died to defeat Nazi Germany and who liberated the concentration camps.

Speaking as a member of a minority group — and one of the smaller ones at that — I say it behooves those of us who don’t accept Jesus Christ as our savior to show some gratitude to those who do, and to start respecting the values and traditions of the overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens, just as we keep insisting that they respect ours.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • catholicvoter

    Burt, that was a very informative and inspirational article! I also loved your response to strykesucks. Thank you for the kind things you said about Christianity. Your comments are uplifting after hearing so much negativity about Christianity, especially around Christmas. Blessings!

  • Brian

    A lot of the far-left leaders and the people in charge of Hollywood and the MSM, who produce and preach anti-Western, pro Marxist, and anti-Christian ideals, are almost always left-wing AND Jewish.

    Most Jewish people are good people. I even have some Semitic blood in me. I support Israel. But for whatever reason, the media moguls, Hollywood directors, and many people who like to empower the ghetto Hip-Hop culture and thugs associated with it, are left-wing Jews. I believe Luke Ford, the pornographer, was the one who said that his people are anti-establishment.

  • GlenFS

    Burt, well said indeed. We needn’t be Christian, Jewish or even atheist to respect each other’s beliefs and share the kind of commonality that used to make us Americans too. Thanks for wisdom that transcends your own beliefs.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Thank you, Glen. Merry Christmas.


  • Souvoter

    Burt, thanks for stating the obvious; you know, it’s never too late to convert; just kidding. Happy Hauukkah! and keep telling it like it REALLY IS.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Souvoter: Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  • Javafutter

    How can you be the same reporter who does such a good job on Real Sports and then write a story where the facts are so screwed up. You used to criticize CBS for being biased. I will never trust any story you ever do because you are the epitome of a biased “journalist”.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Java: And how can you be so confused that you think Bernard Goldberg and Burt Prelutsky are the same person?


  • Chris Matthewson

    Burt, when I began reading your diatribe I began to wonder if you were a self-loathing Jew. By the time I had finished I was no longer wondering.

    Let me state it plainly: The United States is NOT a Christian nation, in the sense that Iran and Saudi Arabia ARE Muslim countries and Israel is a Jewish state. Yes, around 75% of its people may identify themselves as Christians, but it would be like saying our country is a “White/European nation” because around 75% of its people are of that ethnicity.

    Our nation is a melting pot–of races, of religions, of ideas and opinions (even narrow-minded ones like yours). That is the source of our true strength. In fact, the intent behind our constitution’s Bill of Rights is clearly anti-majoritarian–it exists to protect our many minorities from the tyranny of the majority. Views such as yours demonstrate its continuing importance.

    You write, “I happen to despise bullies and bigots.” A clearer statement of self-loathing could not be made.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Chris: You are mistaken about the U.S. not being a Christian nation. It was created on the basis of Judeo-Christian values. And well over 75% of its population identifies itself as Christian. You are also mistaken in suggesting that the country is 75% White/European. Where have you been living?

      I am not a self-loathing Jew, by the way. I just happen to be an honest man who will take Jews and conservatives to task when I feel it’s called for, even though I am both of those things.


      • Chris Matthewson

        According to Wikipedia: “around 73% of polled Americans identify…themselves as Christian in 2012.” (Wikipedia cites

        Also, according to Wikipedia, “Whites constitute the majority of the U.S. population, with a total of 223,553,265 or 72.4% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. (72.4% = 63.7% “White + Not Hispanic or Latino” + 8.7% “White + Hispanic or Latino”). (see )

        Now, more importantly, the United States is NOT a Christian nation. Nor was it founded as a Christian nation. There is no mention of Jesus in the Declaration of Independence or our Constitution. The oft’ repeated assertion that “the United States is a Christian nation” is one of those Big Lies propagated by the religious right and the confused and misguided others. It is akin to saying “we are a white man’s nation.”

        The United States has NO state religion and does not (and cannot) endorse any particular religion. That you and many others fail to grasp this simple, but powerful concept clearly demonstrates you neither understand nor appreciate the basis for the many freedoms you enjoy, and take advantage of, every day.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: Thank you for this excellent post. True toleration (in contrast to cultural relativism) is a scarcity. I am always amazed that people can’t recognize that Western European countries and North America actually have a historical/religious tradition dating back to the Jewish tribes. I often think that since these post modernist attempt to deny the historical narratives of peoples, this is the actual basis for their current Anti-Christian rant. If you destroy a people’s historical narrative, they become much more malleable …. isn’t that the theme of the movie Roots?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      cma: Thanks for the kind words. I can’t comment on “Roots,” as I never watched mini-series.


  • Cletus

    Burt, bubala, you’d have made a wonderful Kapo.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Cletus: It’s morons like you who trivialize the words of the Holocaust, putz.

      • Cletus

        At least I’m not blaming my own people for a figment of Fox’s News’ rabid imagination. There is no war on Christmas, there’s only fellow Americans asking for others to respect the diversity of our culture. When you say “Happy Holidays” you’re actually saying “Happy Holy Days”. Is Christmas not holy? Is inclusiveness wrong? And, as far as trivializing the Holocaust goes, that too started with pinning false accusations, such as your own, on the Jews. Just saying.

  • Mike

    Very interesting, enjoyable, and interesting piece. I think it brings a lot of common sense and perspective to today’s over-the-top views and actions. Although somewhat late, Bert as a Catholic I wish you and your family a Happy Hauukkah and Rosh Hashanah.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Mike–And I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


  • strykesucks

    Burt, you were born a generation too late. You would have done well for yourself pointing out the commies and Jews at McCarthy’s side, along with Roy Cohn. It is such a shame when intelligent, educated, accomplished people become opportunists, and decide to make money by creating divisive and disingenuous propaganda. A Jew working for the ACLU, as you put it, or an atheist for that matter, has a right not to be forced to see a cross erected next to the flag pole on top of the US Capitol building.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Just because I’m Jewish doesn’t mean I am obligated to turn a blind eye to the things that Jews do that I don’t like, just as I do when it comes to Republicans. If seeing a cross is enough to send an atheist into shock, perhaps he would be happier in Cuba. Michael Moore insists they have great health care.


    • Cletus

      Two generations ago, they were known as “Kapos”, Nu?

  • Wheels55

    To all of the politically correct ACLU lovin’ knuckleheads out there: Merry Christmas!! – this includes you, Bill Maher.