CULTURE WAR Family photos of elected Republican officials wielding arms are the latest episode in a fight around the traditional values ​​of the Christian holiday

Christmas Culture War divides America more than ever

Kentucky House Representative Thomas Massie poses with his family and guns for a Christmas photo. – Twitter/RepThomasMassie

From our correspondent in the United States,

In the early 2000s, America's hottest Christmas debate was about Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (strong opinion: it's foul). But for the past fifteen years, & ldquo; & nbsp; Christmas & nbsp; & rsquo; stands at the forefront of the war culture which is tearing America apart. On religion and traditions, wokism and political correctness.

Should we say & ldquo; & nbsp; Merry Christmas & euml; l & nbsp; & raquo; & agrave; his colleagues & nbsp;? & nbsp; Can we have a Christmas tree? school or nursery the town hall & nbsp;? & nbsp; This year, elected Conservatives have passed & nbsp; the higher stage of provocation, brandishing their semi-automatic rifles over their family photos.

Photos that go wrong after the high school shooting

It is Thomas Massie, an ultra-conservative elected official, who has lost. the first, Saturday. The Kentucky Representative & ndash; one of the twelve republicans who refused. to decorate police officers from the Capitol & ndash; poses with his wife and their children. No matching PJs (matching pajamas) here, but proudly brandished semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s, and even a collectible M60 submachine gun for the congressman . And a message to Santa Claus: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; Please bring us some ammunition. & Nbsp; & raquo;

Posted four days after the shooting that left four dead and seven injured at a Michigan high school, the photo obviously made waves. In particular, she was Reported by Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the 2018 Parkland, Florida high school massacre: & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; As we share family photos, here are mine . Number one is the last one I took from Jamie. The other is l & agrave; o & ugrave; she is buried & agrave; cause of the Parkland shooting. The Michigan shooter and her family were also used to taking photos like yours. & Nbsp; & raquo;

Colorado rookie Lauren Boebert, a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter, on Tuesday , answered & agrave; Thomas Massie, posing with his four sons each holding a weapon & agrave; fire. The youngest is 8 years old.

& ldquo; & ldquo; Merry Christmas & ldquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; vs & ldquo; & ldquo; Happy Holidays & rdquo;

The cultural Christmas rift has not started. through politics but in mass distribution. In 2005, the giants Walmart and Target, among others, replaced & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; Merry Christmas & rsquo; & rdquo; by & laquo; & nbsp; Happy Holidays & nbsp; & raquo; in their advertising campaigns, for the sake of inclusiveness. The clash is immediate. The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights begins a crusade against an & ldquo; & nbsp; anti-Christian & nbsp; & rdquo; campaign. Very influential & agrave; Back then, Fox News Featured Presenter Bill O & rsquo; Reilly, followed suit. The following year, Walmart and Target backtrack. Best Buy refuses, pointing out that & ldquo; all (end of year) holidays are important & nbsp; & rdquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; Christmas, but also Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, c & eacute; by Afro-Americans.

Arriving at & agrave; the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama break with the tradition of their predecessors. The official 2009 greeting card no longer mentions Christmas. The war on Christmas becomes an annual topic on Fox News, which forgets the dozen times o & ugrave; The President of the United States said & ldquo; & ldquo; Merry Christmas & rdquo; l & nbsp; & rdquo ;, especially in the traditional end of year video.

In 2015, it was Starbucks that gave out red and green cups but, sacrilegious, without Christmas ornament nor Rudolph. Donald Trump, then candidate & agrave; the republican primary, is positioned. He suggests a boycott of the Seattle channel and swears it: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; If I become president, we will all say “ Merry Christmas ''! & Nbsp; & rdquo ;. For republican candidates, surf the culture war & ndash; whether it's the critical race theory or the false & ldquo; & nbsp; cancellation & nbsp; & raquo; from Dr Seuss & ndash; seems to be galvanizing the Tory electorate, as it did in Virginia last month.

While spirits are heating up & rsquo; new & agrave; as we approach december 25th, there is already; a collateral victim: the structure in the shape of a fir tree standing in front of the Fox News offices has been shown. set on fire by a homeless man on Tuesday night Wednesday. Ainsley Earhardt, a Fox & amp; Friends, has declared an attack & ldquo; on a tree that unites us all. It represents the spirit of Christmas, the end of year holidays, Jesus, Hanukkah. & Nbsp; & raquo; Or not.