At a rally in Michigan on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump exclaimed, “Merry Christmas! We’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again!”
The American Pastors Network says his declaration, which he repeated last night in Wisconsin, is a hopeful sign of perhaps what is ahead with the incoming Trump-Pence administration, especially since Jesus Christ’s name cannot be ignored in America any longer.
“Christ is not only central to this holiday, but also central to history,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “The Word of Christ cannot be watered down, and it must be bolder than ever. A key to that is to have leaders who are not afraid to state that ‘Merry Christmas’ is no longer a politically incorrect statement in America. This shunning of His name, even at the time of His birth, boils down to a hatred of the name of Christ. And why do people hate Christ? His name reminds them of their sin. But there’s no denying that we must think of him at Christmastime—what He did and what He died for.”
Rohrer added that the influence of the Muslim brotherhood throughout mainstream media and in government is more significant than many may realize, with filters and cleansers in place in an attempt to purge public references to Christ.
At the Michigan rally, Trump noted that over the past number of years, many department stores have kept their more secular decorations, like fake snow, red walls and bells, “but they don’t have ‘Merry Christmas,’” Fox News reported.
Trump appeared to echo some of the sentiments expressed by Fox’s Bill O’Reilly in a 2013 monologue, in which the “O’Reilly Factor” host responded to comments by comedian Jon Stewart by stating that the secular-progressive movement has instituted somewhat of a “war” on the idea of Christmas as a widely-accepted holiday.