The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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!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.
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!
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". (Stateline.org 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.