Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle – Xmas Edition

From Holden:

We had a content-laden gaggle today so I split my obsession into three parts. This is the first of three, dealing with secular humanisms’ attack on the Christ Child!.

Yes, even Little Scottie is not immune from an attack of the Wingnuts.

Q Scott, what are the President’s thoughts on restrictions on religious symbols, especially during the holidays? After all, this is a nation that’s built on religion and relies heavily on God. And by the way, while we’re at it, merry Christmas.

MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you. Happy holidays to everybody here.

Q You can say, Christmas.

[**No, Scottie, say it isn’t so!**]

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not sure about what restrictions you’re specifically referring to. I think — the President believes that we ought to be welcoming of people of faith, and people ought to be able to express their views freely and openly and — whether they worship in a God or not. And the President has talked about that.

Q But the challenge is specifically on Christmas symbols, on nativity scenes and so forth.

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I’m not sure what you’re referring to in terms of restrictions. But the President believes — we’re a country that values the ability of people to freely worship as they choose.


Q I’m going to follow up on Connie’s question with specifics. The ACLU has gone to court to prevent a 5th grade class in Oklahoma from singing Christmas carols during a holiday program. Also, this is happening in New Jersey. In Seattle, a city building, they had to take the Christmas tree down because the city was being threatened by a lawsuit from the ACLU, and Americans for the Separation of Church and State.

These are very important symbols to people of faith, not only Christians, but members of other faiths. We know that the President is a man of faith, and I’m sure that the faithful who believe they’re being persecuted would appreciate some strong support and encouragement from the President.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President has made it very clear that people ought to be able to freely worship as they choose. And in terms of schools, he’s talked about those issues, as well. He has been a strong supporter of voluntary efforts like voluntary student prayer. And so I think his views are very clear on these issues.

Uh-oh, looks like Baby Jesus is gonna stick a lump of coal in Scottie’s stocking this year.