An Academic Book on Jewish Subversion of Christmas

Kevin MacDonald

Editor’s note: Originally posted in 2012, this article gets at the Jewish ethnic angle behind the “War on Christmas.”

A new book, Joshua Eli Plaut’s A Kosher Christmas: ’Tis the Season to Be Jewish, documents what we have known all along: The Jews did indeed subvert Christmas.  This book deserves a full review, but Ethan Schwartz’s summary and comment (“Twas the night after Christmas“) deserve scrutiny. First the summary:

Jews have been the vanguard of an effort to “transform Christmastime into a holiday season belonging to all Americans,” without religious exclusivity.  The most important Jewish mechanisms of secularization are comedy and parody, for laughter undermines religious awe.  Take, for example, Hanukkah Harry from “Saturday Night Live”, who heroically steps in for a bedridden Santa by delivering presents from a cart pulled by donkeys named Moishe, Hershel, and Shlomo.  Remarkably, Hanukkah Harry has emerged as a real Santa-alternative for many American Jews.  Plaut sees such things not as attempts at assimilation but as an intentional subversion of Christmas traditions.  “Through these parodies,” he writes, “Jews could envision not having to be captivated by the allure of ubiquitous Christmas symbols.”  And it isn’t just Jews: for Americans in general, Jewish parody helps ensure that Christmas “not be taken too seriously” and that the celebrations of other traditions “be accorded equal respect and opportunity.”

There seem to be two messages here. One is the message of subversion utilizing ridicule among other methods. The other is that Jews are seen as high-mindedly making Christmas  “into a holiday season belonging to all Americans.” The end result is that Christmas is not “taken too seriously” and the Christian religious aspect central to the traditional holiday is de-emphasized.

People who take their religion seriously do not allow their religion to be ridiculed. One need only think of the Muslim reactions to cartoons ridiculing Mohammed. The fact that Jews have been able to ridicule Christianity without any serious negative consequences is an important marker of Jewish power and an equally strong indication of the decline of Christian religious belief. I suspect that the organized Jewish community would react in outrage if non-Jews ridiculed religious Judaism. Indeed, any criticism of Jews as Jews is off limits in the mainstream media. (A topical short list of verboten topics: the loyalties of neocon Jews and their role in promoting the war in Iraq, the Jewish aspect of the Ivy League admissions scandal, how Jewish control of Hollywood influences media content.)

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Schwartz doesn’t quarrel with Plaut’s evidence, but wonders if it’s good for the Jews that such a book be written:

There is something disconcerting about this thesis, summoning up classic anti-Semitic images of conspiracy and sabotage.  Without a trace of irony, Plaut recounts incidents in which fundamentalist Christian groups complained that “certain Americans, particularly Jews, were trying to take the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas.”  He adds that “anti-Semitic comments often ensued.”  Those Christian fundamentalists might well feel vindicated by Plaut’s argument; yet Plaut is unfazed by this connection, and rightly so.  It is not inherently anti-Christian, he recognizes, to oppose Christianity’s domination of a secular democracy.  If Jews have helped to make American society more open, they should be proud of it.

So Jews subverted Christmas but their motives were pure and idealistic. But such an account ignores the Jewish role in conceptualizing America as a proposition nation—a major topic of The Culture of Critique. The Jewish stress on cultural pluralism (which has now morphed into multiculturalism) was an explicit rejection of the ethnocultural strand of American identity, an important part of which was Christianity. (Indeed, until the recent wave of immigration resulting from the 1965 law, Jews constituting 2-3 percent of the population, were the only identifiable American group that was not Christian.) Jews were central to building a wall between religion and the public square which has resulted in the “war on Christmas” that we still see raging. Jews were also central to changing U.S. immigration policy to be open to all the peoples of the world, again with an ideology that America is merely a set of abstract principles and has no ethnic or cultural core; therefore it should be open to all peoples and these peoples should be able to retain their own culture as part of the American mosaic.

I realize that many good people shy away from saying it, but the reality is that Jews have very aggressively pursued policies that benefit them and are opposed to the interests of the traditional people of America and the West. And because Jews attained status as an intellectual and media elite, they have been able to have a very large effect on public policy and even on the attitudes of non-Jews.

Plaut emphasizes the difference between the very aggressive behavior of Eastern European immigrants with their hatred of Christianity contrasted with the German Jews who arrived in the mid-19th century and “embraced the holiday.” It’s an important distinction, at least in the American context. But in any case, Plaut’s description of the motives of the Eastern European as stemming from their hatred of Christianity hardly paints them as idealistic crusaders on behalf of an open society.  It bears repeating once again that Jews react with hostility to the idea that Israel should not have a Jewish ethnocultural core while they have led the campaign against the idea that America and the West have any ethnocultural core. As with their promoting non-White, non-Christian immigration, their advocacy has nothing to do with ideals of moral universalism but everything to do with pursuing what’s good for the Jews, motivated by Jewish hatreds toward the traditional people and cultures of the West. The war on Christmas is thus a central example of the theme of Jews as a hostile elite.

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15 Comments to "An Academic Book on Jewish Subversion of Christmas"

  1. Bramble's Gravatar Bramble
    December 23, 2016 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    Excellent article by Dr. MacDonald, and perfect for Christmastime. It also helps explain the new wave of vandalism of joyful Christian Nativity scenes outside American churches.

    Merry Christmas to you all!

    • Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
      December 23, 2016 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

      One suspects that those vandals who smash nativity scenes in America belong to the same ethnic group that is behind the Pussy Riots that desecrate Orthodox Churches in Russia. The same people, the same atavistic hatred, which goes back all the way to the time of Christ himself.

    • Dale Gribble's Gravatar Dale Gribble
      December 24, 2016 - 5:22 am | Permalink

      Every year at Christmas time Vandals who wreck White churches and Christmas decorations. The local media brush it off as simple vandalism. I disagree. Law enforcement should treat any property damage to a church or outdoor religious display and a hate crime. The perps should get the same treatment as those who target Black churches, aggressive prosecution as hate criminals.

      • John Sebastian's Gravatar John Sebastian
        December 24, 2016 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

        Christian symbols are being attacked because “Christians” are weak and don’t fight back. If there was immediate retaliation for any act of violence or vandalism against Christians or Christian symbology or traditions, the enemy would start to respect Christians again. In the 1930’s when there was solid opposition against Jewish moral laxity in the movies from Catholics to Protestants, the Jews acted accordingly and did what they were told and allowed the Hayes office to be created to censor movies. They only did this because they knew that their profits and control of the movie industry were threatened. We need this unity again to deal with all the problems that Jews have created in our society. Only then will be able to start making some inroads into repairing the damage.

  2. Brutus Maximus's Gravatar Brutus Maximus
    December 23, 2016 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I see a lot of “Christians” also mocking the concept of Christmas, going into debt to buy cheap plastic Chinese consumer products. Getting into fistfights on “Black Friday” at Walmart over toasters. Falling down drunk at the office holiday party. You can blame the Jews for a lot, but we should also look in the mirror sometime.

    • Bramble's Gravatar Bramble
      December 23, 2016 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Aren’t you confusing “Christians” with “Ethnic Europeans” (“Caucasians”) who have been brainwashed by (((Marxists))) into abandoning the faith of their ancestors? Christians are interested in Advent, not Black Friday fistfights or “mocking” their own faith. Your descriptions are not of Christians at all, just the usual desperate Atheist twisting.

      There’s one thing Christians can always count on every year at this time, and that is Atheists/Marxists/Satanists crawling out of the woodwork to sneer at Christians. Muslim terrorist attacks they brush aside with ease: “Oh, that’s not Islam”, they say, smiling serenely. But show them a joyful Christian Nativity scene or a school choir singing carols, and they go ballistic.

    • ariadnatheo's Gravatar ariadnatheo
      December 23, 2016 - 6:19 pm | Permalink

      “You can blame the Jews for a lot, but we should also look in the mirror sometime.”
      “But” is an adversative conjunction. When used properly it suggests that the following sentence contradicts or at least qualifies the preceding one.
      Actually this article makes the case (excellently by the way) that the undermining of Christianity is not being done by animists or Buddhists or any other group but by Jews. The fact that many Christians lose their way is the effect not the other cause, as in “there is this BUT there is also this.”

  3. December 23, 2016 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    “their advocacy has nothing to do with ideals of moral universalism but everything to do with pursuing what’s good for the Jews”

    All schoolkids should be required to recite this by heart by the time they’re ten years old.

  4. Karen T's Gravatar Karen T
    December 24, 2016 - 1:43 am | Permalink
  5. Peter J's Gravatar Peter J
    December 24, 2016 - 4:17 am | Permalink

    Exactly. Contrarily I would like to wish Dr MacDonald and all other brave souls at the Occidental Observer a very merry Christmas….

  6. Cuxervative Therapy's Gravatar Cuxervative Therapy
    December 24, 2016 - 6:31 am | Permalink

    Comedian Gavin McInnes recently made a pitch for Jews to adopt Santa! A great clip in the video shows a Jewish guy rioting with blacks and telling them he’s on their side but it doesn’t go too well.

  7. December 24, 2016 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    The ‘Christianity as ancestral faith’ idea is far too simple to cover the issue accurately. In Europe and Russia there was only a slow penetration: England had Normans in 1066, famous for stone churches and Jews; the Angles and Saxons (and Celts) only had a tint of Christianity, a small layer acknowledging Latin and Rome. Northern Europe only became Christian much later, and again Christianity was just a small layer of supposed internationalist experts. Russia only became Christian after a long process involving hermitages and monasteries, and absorption and conflict with ‘paganism’ – an unfair name suggesting homogeneity across vast areas. The east European churches and Greek churches went through various changes, but they were not ancestral belief systems. The general popular impression of antiquity is increased by the fake starting date of 0 A.D.
    In any case, atheism has been common enough around the world. The 19th century atheism, like original socialism, was a respectable enough belief, based on reason and evidence; consider e.g. H G Wells. I’m uncertain what it is that makes Americans so gullible:- are their ministers and what have you desperate to hold on to their money? Is it just natural in huge countries to adopt local traditions, or pseudo-traditions if they are forced on them? Are Americans desperate to think they are ‘saved’? Is it a result of the huge effectiveness of modern propaganda techniques? Is it selective Jew funding? Are they just lazy? I don’t know, but adhering to Jewish faked stories cannot be a helpful way forward.
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  8. Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
    December 24, 2016 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to all at TOO; administrators, writers and readers.

    (Mod. Note: and to you and yours as well, Trenchant!)

  9. ex South African's Gravatar ex South African
    December 25, 2016 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas too.

    Nice Christmas music:

  10. David Ashton's Gravatar David Ashton
    December 30, 2016 - 4:40 am | Permalink

    The conflict between “Synagogue” and “Church” goes back a long way.

    “One cannot disguise a hostility towards ‘the Jews’ in the Johannine passion narrative…the oldest extant Christian writing speaks of ‘the Jews who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets’ (I Thes 2.14-15)…. [John] and/or his confreres have suffered from synagogue persecution…. Within a few decades…there was introduced into synagogue prayer (Shemoneh Esreh or the Eighteen Benedictions) a curse against…followers of Jesus…. At the end of the first century, expulsion from the synagogue seemingly exposed Christians to Roman investigation and punishment” (Professor Raymond E. Brown, “A Crucified Christ in Holy Week” [1986], pp.62-63).

    Subsequent hostility is detailed in documentation provided by Protestants like Jonas E. Alexis and Catholics like Leon de Poncins. It should be noted that Minei Israilevich Gubelman-Yaroslavsky’s Soviet League of Militant Godless incited persecution of all religious groups, primarily the Christian population but also some rabbis.

    The conflict continues today with the New Testament and European Christianity being blamed for “antisemitism” and “therefore” the “Holocaust”, a notion which “liberal” Christians and secularists have swallowed with a big dose of “racial guilt”.

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