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The Jewish Grinch Who Stole Christmas

By Burt Prelutsky · Dec. 20, 2012

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.

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enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Shalom, & a merry Christmas, Burt.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

I´ll second that.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Lyna in AL replied:

Thanks, Bert, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Lyna in AL replied:

(oops...make that "Burt")

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane, enema & Lyna--Thank you. Merry Christmas.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt, great column. We resided (I would not call it living) in the Peoples Republik (I spell it this way) of Great Neck NY prior to relocating to God's Country (Wyoming). For people who do not know Great Neck is overwhelmingly Jewish. And of course ultra liberal. Politically these people did not have the sense to get out of the rain. If Lenin was running against Stalin, some idiot would write a letter to the paper saying all the candidates are too conservative. And don't forget who owns the NY Slimes (oops Times), why Sulzsulberger. Three of the biggest fools are Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan who happen to be Supremes. On the back of the pickup I had a poster I got from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO. org). It said "All in favor of Gun Control raise your right hand". It had Adolph saluting. More than one idiot said I should not be glorifying Hitler. One of the worst groups and people is Abe Foxman of the B'nai B'rith. They called JPFO antisemitic. Figure that out if you have time to waste. BTW, you do not have to be Jewish to belong to JPFO, they don't even ask your religious affiliation. You would think that after Adolph banned guns and the death it caused, Jews would be the last group that would want only the government to have guns. But you have BloomingIdiot pushing a total ban on guns. There is one Jewish group that when it comes to politics thinks rationally, that is the Orthodox Jews. What really drove the moron liberal Jews nuts was when I formed a rifle team in my daughter's high School, Great Neck South. It even made the front page of the Long Island Section of the NY Times (Nov, 1999). I attended one of the school board meetings with a friend, Paul, who was helping with the coaching. When Paul stood up and said, "My family is Danish and during WW-II they used rifles to prevent Jews from being turned in to bars of soap." I thought half the people in the room were going to drop dead. BTW, all of the rifle team members were honor students.

One of the things my wife likes to do is drive around looking at peoples Christmas displays. We are also on the committee for the Cheyenne Christmas Parade ( The parade is held the Saturday Night after Thanksgiving. BTW, several committee members are Jewish.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Last night, my wife and I and a few friends took the boat tour and saw the decorated homes and boats in the Newport Beach (CA) marina. Very festive, very merry.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Haym Salomon and Patrick Henry--Sons of Liberty-1770's.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, L'chaim, Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Keep up the good work!

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Sarge: And a merry Christmas to you and yours.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

A little bit of trivia. James Madison read and understood Hebrew. Who would have thunk it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Howard, several of the founding fathers were able to read and speak more than one language. Back in those days we actually had educated people leading the republic.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Richard, that was before the days of govmint skools.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

I would have. I mentioned it in an article a while back. But some trivia I haven't mentioned, except in one of my interview books, is that Gene Kelly spoke Yiddish.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Mike R.88 in No. Hollywood, CA replied:

Just for your trivia collection Burt; Like Gene Kelly, James Cagney was also fluent in Yiddish. All the best of the Christmas Season to my favorite columnist... a day without Prelutski is a bad news day!

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Mike R.88 in No. Hollywood, CA replied:

Sorry Burt,,, I meant Prelutsky, with a Y.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

I always thought it odd that an old Jewish friend of mine prized his 9mm German Lugar, a symbol of Nazi rule. I used to tease him about how it was used to solve the "Jewish problem." He always said, "What Jewish problem?" He knew I was referring to Hitler's "Jewish problem." He had a good sense of humor and was as cynical as I was in medical school. He always had a "Chanukkah Bush" (Christmas tree) at this time of year, I think in part to annoy his Jewish wife.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah to all of us.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

JJStryder in Realville said:

Christmas always has been a hybrid of the secular and the religious in America. No one means anyone any harm when they say "Merry Christmas".The same cannot be said when someone says "Allah Akbar". I've always thought that those who hate Christianity don't like the restrictions on their behavior or the personal responsibility requirements that are part of the religious tenets. Bums their trip!

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Rod in USA said:

Great column as always, Burt. I got this one from your website by email and I sent it to a few frieds and family and encouraged them to subscribe and check out your writings!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Rod: Thank you. That's what I call the proper Christmas spirit.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia said:

Thanks BUrt - and ditto.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Ragweed: And a happy New Year to you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Burt, as usual, you are on the mark. Thank God, and your parents for raising such a level-headed boy, even if you didn't become a doctor or a ;lawyer. LOl. Hey, we get you. And we count ourselves lucky, Merry Christmas, from a 75 yr old great-grandmother who is Baptist.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Desert Rat: And all this time, I assumed you were a male rat! Merry Christmas, Granny.

Best wishes, Burt

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

MikeEcho in Orting, WA said:

Take heart Burt, remember the remnant of true believers who refuse to bow the knee to Baal (both Jew and Christian). Peace be unto you and yours this Christmas.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Mike: And the same to you.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Bob in Hattiesburg, MS said:

Thank you, Burt, for your very kind column. While it is true, that at times in history, Jews have suffered greatly at the hand of those professing to be Christian, it has been my experience and observation that genuine Christians love the Jewish people. I myself did not become a believer in Jesus until the age of 13, but from the beginning was taught to love and respect the Jewish people for the sake of Jesus, who was himself a Jew. Do I wish Jews also believed in Jesus? Yes. But then I wish all people, Jew and Gentile alike believed in Jesus. It is wrong, however, to attempt to force anyone to believe in Jesus. The Christian faith, unlike Islam, is invitational and not coercive. Anyone who attempts to coerce another into becoming a Christian does violence to the Christian faith and violates genuine Christian teaching. Once again, thank you. I hope you had a Happy Hannukah.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

"The Christian faith, unlike Islam, is invitational and not coercive." Ah, there's the key, and yet, the libtards continue to slam the peaceful religion, and praise the one that produces daily reports of its followers authorized violence.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Bob: Thanks for the good wishes. The same to you and yours.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Truthseeker in Springfield, MO said:

L'Shana Tova, my friend.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Truth: And the same to you.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Cosda in NEPA said:

Yesterday, I renewed my license to carry and was glad to see a manger scene displayed at the entrance to our courthouse. I guess the ACLU hasn't found it's way to rural Penna. Merry Christmas to all.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Don Swaringen in SHELBY said:

Hey Burt, Good one! Very thoughtful. It is sad that so many Jews are Liberal. I would add also, that it's true that the closer Christians live to the Bible, the more they support Israel, so for Jews to oppose Christians is strange indeed. Jesus was a Jew, and he is the only way, or so he said, and I believe it. Thanks.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM