Paul  Kengor

I’ll begin this article with a few justifications to try to preempt irate emails from Obama supporters: First off, I write on faith, politics, and the presidency, having done books on the subject and lots of articles; this includes the faith of President Obama. Second, I’ve been recently writing on Mao’s China; specifically, on modern Americans’ dreadful ignorance of the horrors that happened there. Third, I most recently wrote on the exclusive attempts by liberals to be “inclusive” at Christmas time. Finally, I’ve waited until well after Christmas to do this article, not out of seasonal charity but because I couldn’t bear to keep silent anymore. With that, here it goes:

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This past Christmas was one of the strangest in the long history of the White House—America’s first house. A December 6 article in the New York Times noted that within the Obama White House “there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.” Here again, liberals’ definition of inclusiveness means exclusion—exclusion, that is, of the central/Christian reason for the season.

Well, Americans voted for change in the White House. And this would indeed break new ground, as no White House before—Democrat or Republican—deliberated the appropriateness of displaying a Nativity scene at Christmas.

This follows a profile in People magazine last year in which Barack Obama said that he and his wife do not give their children Christmas gifts. Of course, that’s their prerogative. It is, however, unusual, certainly compared to previous White House Christmases.

But while gifts for children may not have been on display at the White House this year, and the display of a crèche was likewise in question, something peculiar was on display—a most curious image. Hung on the historic White House Christmas tree this year was a rather novel ornament: a glistening, glimmering Mao Tse-Tung.

How’s that for inclusion? Baby Jesus—maybe, maybe not? Chairman Mao, yes!