THIS IS CNN: Hypes Children’s Book Portraying Santa Claus As a Gay Man

THIS IS CNN: Hypes Children’s Book Portraying Santa Claus As a Gay Man

In the latest example of the ‘war on Christmas,’ author Daniel Kibblesmith, who is Jewish, has written a children’s book about a gay black Santa and his gay white husband. Yes, a man who does not even celebrate Christmas felt the need to insert his poisonous Liberal beliefs into a holiday he ignores. Ironically, when asked about the “inspiration” for the book, although we can hardly call this trashy effort “inspired,” he said it was in answer to what he calls the “fake war on Christmas.” So, let’s try to understand this; in order to fight those who claim there’s a war on Christmas and on its meanings and traditions, he put out a book that attacks those meanings and traditions. Indeed there is a war on Christmas and Daniel Kibblesmith is just another foot soldier on the battlefield, trying to twist and poison the wonderful things about the season.

When asked in a recent interview on CNN, how he came up with the idea, here’s what he said, “It was sort of inspired by the annual tradition we have in this country of pretending that there’s a giant war on Christmas, and that traditional Christmas is under attack. So, among other things, we were reading all of the news about the Mall of America hiring a black Santa Claus last year.”

“And me and my now-wife made a joke on Twitter that, if we ever had a child, they would only know about black Santa Claus — and if they saw a white Santa Claus at the mall, we would just explain, “Well, that’s his husband.” And then Ashley and I knew each other from the internet and from her illustration already, and she jumped into my Twitter mentions and said, “Boom — new book.””

Okay, let’s be clear here Mr. Kibblesmith. Santa has no race. He comes from many cultural traditions around the world. It started with a real person, St. Nicholas, whose skin tone is unknown since we have no photographs and then as the legend took hold, and it became interwoven throughout many nations, it resulted in Santas of every race. If you don’t like the fact that the original man’s appearance is unknown, that’s too bad. Sorry that facts are getting in your way. That being said, Santa can be played by anyone now, and is. People of every race can get hired to be a mall Santa and they do.

Also, Santa, the legend that we all know and love, IS NOT GAY. No matter how much you wish he was, he isn’t. Mrs. Santa can attest to this fact. As can the elves and reindeer. So, take your strange desire to deform the beautiful and fun myth of Santa and go have some hot cocoa. You are obviously in need of some Christmas cheer.

One critic of the book, who is gay, made this comment, “I’m a gay man, and honestly the book is pretty patronizing and obviously meant to take two sweet things, the image of Santa Claus and love between two adults, and use them as a tool to express a political opinion in a polarizing way — especially the news anchor scene — in the guise of a children’s book. I find it overall patronizing, and I’m a little disgusted that the authors obviously used homosexuality as a political weapon to make a political statement under the cover of children.”

Indeed. A political agenda. That’s exactly what it is. Kibblesmith responded to that criticism with, “Well, I think that’s a legitimate criticism. I mean, I’m literally on the news anchor scene now, but, you know, that’s just the world that we come from. I’m a political satire writer. So when, you know, I have the opportunity to write a book, these are the things that I care about and that I’m interested in. My only real response to that, I think, is that we’re trying to put a net positive into the world and contribute to a vacuum of representation. But these are obviously our views — they’re not everybody’s views, and we’re just flattered that the response has been so overwhelmingly positive so far.”

And by the way, your book does not belong in Christmas displays. It doesn’t even belong in humor. It belongs in the fireplace on a cold winter’s evening, burning to a pile of ashes. How about you stick to women’s marches and writing unfunny jokes for Colbert, and leave Christmas alone. There’s nothing Christmas-ey about depravity. Everything about this “children’s book” is wrong.

Mr. Kibblesmith, you have put a net negative into the world. You have written a disgusting book aimed at gullible and vulnerable children, which denigrates centuries of Christmas traditions and uses homosexuals as political pawns. Oh, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kibblesmith is a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Yeah, same foolishness, different day.

Sonja Bochow

I live in Newark, DE, am married, and the mother of four children; Liam, Brenna, Keira and Erin. I am also a full time Bible teacher and have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from West Chester University.

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