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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The nationwide battle raging over the "War on Christmas" finally reached Alabama this week. Unsurprisingly the controversy found its way into the Republican gubernatorial primary.

The Roy Moore campaign sent out a recent fundraising letter ("authored" by Moore's wife) using the specter of the "ACLU and other anti-religious groups" to try to raise money before the December 31 filing deadline. Here's a taste of Kayla Moore's pitch:

The ACLU and other anti-religious groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State run by Barry Lynn, oppose prayer in school and any mention of God in our public life. They will stop at nothing to keep Roy Moore out of the Governor's office in Alabama!

In short, they want to continue to promote homosexual marriages, maintain abortion on demand and remove Christ from Christmas.

They FEAR nothing more than the emergence of a powerful national spokesperson for Christian conservatism. And make no mistake: If elected governor of Alabama, my husband will be that spokesman!
The cynical among us might view this tactic as a politicization of Christmas and a way to raise some money off of a divisive religious debate, but hey, Christmas only comes once a year.

For his part, Bob Riley has been less vocal about the "War on Christmas" controversy, but the Christmas cards he sent show that he might be sensitive to criticism from the right. The text of Riley's card is as follows:

"During this Christmas season may you be surrounded by the love of family and friends and filled with the spirit of the risen Christ"
Riley's card also quotes a passage from Matthew, relating to the Biblical story of the birth of Christ.

In fact Riley's mention of the "risen Christ" places him squarely atop the religiosity list in comparison to the governors of the other states. Riley is one of 9 governors (out of 37 who sent seasonal cards) who use the word "Christmas". ( has a thorough breakdown of the seasonal wishes of all 50 governors.)

The cards explicit religious text is not the first time Riley has used such themes, but given the looming showdown with Roy Moore and the recent "pro-Christmas" movement it is difficult not to see everything through a political prism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Moore would grave dance on anything, and apparently, that wife would too. Whats the story with that wife of his?

10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous youcan'thandlethetruth said...

What better time than Christmas, with the victims of Katrina still waiting for relief and those irritating Salvation Army bell ringers trying to help the poor and homeless, to give some money to Roy and Kayla Moore? Who better than Roy, who capitalized on his pious faith and disrepect for the law to get elected to a position for which he was unqualified, to go that extra step and exploit Christ's birthday for his own personal political gain? God bless us every one.

11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have to agree. this letter takes roy moore beyond the pale. sadly, most of his support is probably from the least able among us, yet certainly able to give their last dollar to roy's twisted religious crusade. I pity those who forego judgment for fear and give that fraud one penny.

11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Riley can't wish people "Merry Christmas" or pray -- things he's no doubt been doing all his life -- without you putting it in the context of a Republican primary? It's getting way past ridiculous around here.

11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The War on Christmas is just a scam perpetrated and perpetuated by O'Reilly at Fox News. But heck, even Fox News had things listed on their website like Fox "holiday" ornaments. Geez...

This whole "war on christmas" crap is nothing new. Henry Ford talked about this a long time ago when he was blaming the Jews. Same idiocy, different scapegoat this time around.

2:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you read the article wrong. I believe it says that 37 Governors sent out "happy holidays" cards and 9 sent "merry Christmas" cards and four have not sent any yet.

11:23:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Yes, you're right, I didn't read the numbers correctly. Thanks for the correction.

11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Moore is just as sleazy as Terry Butts and Jan Cook.

10:14:00 AM  
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