Fox says Santa and Jesus are “white”

Megyn Kelly

FOX News is at it again.

Anchor Megyn Kelly sparked outrage this week by insisting that Jesus and Santa Claus are both white, saying it’s “ridiculous” to argue that depicting Christ and St. Nick as Caucasian is “racist.”

“And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said, “but this person is arguing that we should also have a black Santa.”

Kelly was responding to an article in Slate that said St. Nick needs a makeover from fat, old white guy to something less “melanin-deficient.”

The Fox News host would have none of it.

“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” Kelly said. “Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact. As is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy, in the story, and change Santa from white to black?”

Kelly’s remarks were attacked swiftly. Thousands of people have rebuked her through blogs, articles, Twitter posts and Facebook updates.

Comedian Jon Stewart accused Kelly of “going full Christmas nog.”

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25 thoughts on “Fox says Santa and Jesus are “white”

  1. “All the chatter about Jesus being white (or not) shows how much America has changed. There used to be “whites’ only” restaurants and schoolrooms. Now, even Jesus cannot be called white without repercussions.

    What the debate hides, however, is what Jesus of the Bible actually did and how he related to people.

    The gospels are full of discussions about Jesus and bodies. He healed the blind and those who suffered from disease. He touched and was touched by the sick. His body was pierced by thorns, a spear and nails. And he died.

    The phenotype of Jesus was never an issue in the Bible. Neither Matthew, nor Mark, nor Luke, nor John mentioned Christ’s skin tone or hair color. None called him white or black or red or brown.

    Obsessions about race are obsessions of our age, not the biblical one. When asked what mattered most, Jesus did not say his skin tone or body shape. He instructed his followers to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

    Maybe this Christmas season, we can reflect not so much on whether or not Jesus was white and instead consider what it meant for him to be called the “light” of the world.”

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/13/call-jesus-white-expect-a-fight/comment-page-5/

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    • “Neither Matthew, nor Mark, nor Luke, nor John mentioned Christ’s skin tone or hair color. ”

      Almost like they never ever saw him (or even talked to anybody that did)………..

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      • “Almost like they never ever saw him (or even talked to anybody that did)………..”

        Who are you trying to convince? 😉

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      • They never did indeed. All of them lived well past the time of his physical life on Earth. As Monica said though, the colour of one skin is irrelevant. Technically speaking he could not be black though. I am not going to go into why, but even Rudolf Steiner’s essays agree with that. Poor Steiner would be stoned to death today for his views.

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      • Did Jesus really exist? Is there any historical evidence of Jesus Christ?

        “Typically, when this question is asked, the person asking qualifies the question with “outside of the Bible.” We do not grant this idea that the Bible cannot be considered a source of evidence for the existence of Jesus. The New Testament contains hundreds of references to Jesus Christ. There are those who date the writing of the Gospels to the second century A.D., more than 100 years after Jesus’ death. Even if this were the case (which we strongly dispute), in terms of ancient evidences, writings less than 200 years after events took place are considered very reliable evidences. Further, the vast majority of scholars (Christian and non-Christian) will grant that the Epistles of Paul (at least some of them) were in fact written by Paul in the middle of the first century A.D., less than 40 years after Jesus’ death. In terms of ancient manuscript evidence, this is extraordinarily strong proof of the existence of a man named Jesus in Israel in the early first century A.D.

        It is also important to recognize that in A.D. 70, the Romans invaded and destroyed Jerusalem and most of Israel, slaughtering its inhabitants. Entire cities were literally burned to the ground. We should not be surprised, then, if much evidence of Jesus’ existence was destroyed. Many of the eyewitnesses of Jesus would have been killed. These facts likely limited the amount of surviving eyewitness testimony of Jesus.

        Considering that Jesus’ ministry was largely confined to a relatively unimportant area in a small corner of the Roman Empire, a surprising amount of information about Jesus can be drawn from secular historical sources. Some of the more important historical evidences of Jesus include the following:

        The first-century Roman Tacitus, who is considered one of the more accurate historians of the ancient world, mentioned superstitious “Christians” (from Christus, which is Latin for Christ), who suffered under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Suetonius, chief secretary to Emperor Hadrian, wrote that there was a man named Chrestus (or Christ) who lived during the first century ( Annals 15.44).

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      • – 2 –

        “Flavius Josephus is the most famous Jewish historian. In his Antiquities he refers to James, “the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.” There is a controversial verse (18:3) that says, “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats….He was [the] Christ…he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him.” One version reads, “At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.”

        Julius Africanus quotes the historian Thallus in a discussion of the darkness which followed the crucifixion of Christ ( Extant Writings, 18).

        Pliny the Younger, in Letters 10:96, recorded early Christian worship practices including the fact that Christians worshiped Jesus as God and were very ethical, and he includes a reference to the love feast and Lord’s Supper.

        The Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) confirms Jesus’ crucifixion on the eve of Passover and the accusations against Christ of practicing sorcery and encouraging Jewish apostasy.

        Lucian of Samosata was a second-century Greek writer who admits that Jesus was worshiped by Christians, introduced new teachings, and was crucified for them. He said that Jesus’ teachings included the brotherhood of believers, the importance of conversion, and the importance of denying other gods. Christians lived according to Jesus’ laws, believed themselves to be immortal, and were characterized by contempt for death, voluntary self-devotion, and renunciation of material goods.

        Mara Bar-Serapion confirms that Jesus was thought to be a wise and virtuous man, was considered by many to be the king of Israel, was put to death by the Jews, and lived on in the teachings of His followers.

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      • – 3 –

        “Then we have all the Gnostic writings ( The Gospel of Truth, The Apocryphon of John, The Gospel of Thomas, The Treatise on Resurrection, etc.) that all mention Jesus.

        In fact, we can almost reconstruct the gospel just from early non-Christian sources: Jesus was called the Christ (Josephus), did “magic,” led Israel into new teachings, and was hanged on Passover for them ( Babylonian Talmud ) in Judea (Tacitus), but claimed to be God and would return (Eliezar), which his followers believed, worshipping Him as God (Pliny the Younger).

        There is overwhelming evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, both in secular and biblical history. Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jesus did exist is the fact that literally thousands of Christians in the first century A.D., including the twelve apostles, were willing to give their lives as martyrs for Jesus Christ. People will die for what they believe to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be a lie.”

        Got Questions Org

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      • hmmmm! “James, the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.”
        So “Christ” was actually Jesus’ brother James?? 😯

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  2. I think you’ll find she did it for publicity. The complaint is so feeble and pathetic. Black people couldn’t give 2 hoots… Foxy Foxes from Fox.

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  3. If we didn’t know who Megyn Kelly was… we do now …. and that’s the whole point to this exercise.

    I’ve heard this story for years now, in reverse, upside down and inside out.

    Same with Jesus….

    It’s amazing the difference skin color can make isn’t it?

    Does it make any difference what color Jesus was?

    Of course not.

    Can we move on now?

    Besides … when Santa comes down the chimney … he’s black anyway…

    Or you can turn off the lights… then you wouldn’t know.

    But you can’t dispute that Fox said ” Santa and Jesus are white”

    That’s the headline.

    THAT’S what it’s about … not some wannabe blonde.

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      • Yes, I did. But they do this sort of thing all the time.

        Now thousands of people are sending her photos of black Santas.

        Silly really isn’t it?

        Personally… I like to think of Santa as Irish… he does the sorts of things an Irish Santa would do.

        Like live at the North Pole…

        And bring fun to children.

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      • Yeah…. “Like live at the North Pole… ”
        …..and fly to the sun at night to avoid sunburn.

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  4. Interesting bit of applied marketing psychology by the Gathering of Godbotherers Groups…….(of which, I understand, Rupert Murdoch is the grand Poobah.)

    Start a shitfight over the colour of the Jesus character and nobody thinks to query the REAL agenda, which is in fact pushed by BOTH side of the argument-
    ““Jesus …….. he’s a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact.”

    He’s not and it isn’t.

    All the world’s a stage
    And all the men and women merely players……..

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  5. (““Jesus …….. he’s a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact.”
    He’s not and it isn’t.)
    Doesn’t matter, Dabs. Thought is powerful, and centuries of belief in him have created a real ideal worthy of worship.

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    • I wouldn’t dispute that Strewth ( though I’m not a worshipper of ANYthing); but facts are nonetheless facts.
      ie Fantasies are fun and sometimes worthwhile or useful ~ and can still be that without needing to be claimed ‘true’.

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