Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina is running a political ad that calls for putting “Christ back into Christmas.”
There is no actual holiday celebrating Christmas in the Bible, but Pittenger says in his ad:
I’ve dedicated my life to sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ. Let’s end political correctness, and put the true meaning of Christ back into Christmas.
The “political correctness” is described in the ad as “refusing to say Merry Christmas.”
In a press release for the Christmas ad, Pittenger says it’s his “privilege … to help inspire every American to proclaim Merry Christmas.”
Rabbi Yossi Groner of Ohr HaTorah, an Orthodox Jewish community in Charlotte, told The News & Observer:
When (he) says “every American should say Merry Christmas,” the fact is that every American is not Christian. America is not a Christian country. It is a country that embraces all faiths. That’s very clear.
Pittenger’s Christian values run so deep that he advised sick people who cannot afford health care insurance in North Carolina to move in May, noted New York Magazine:
People can go to the state that they want to live in. States have all kinds of different policies and there are disparities among states for many things: driving restrictions, alcohol, whatever. We’re putting choices back in the hands of the states. That’s what Jeffersonian democracy provides for.
In September 2016, Pittenger lived out his Christian values again when he attacked black people who protested over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, noted The News & Observer:
The grievance in their minds – the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not. It is a welfare state. We have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, and we’ve put people in bondage, so they can’t be all they’re capable of being.
After there was public outrage over his comments, Pittenger tried to blame the protesters for his comments:
What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart. My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope that we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.