AUTHOR’S NOTE: The author of this story is not an attorney and is not a religious scholar.
In the latest battle in the Republican Party’s War on the Constitution, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is using the Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management to promote the religious fiction that Santa Claus is a real person who rides a flying sleigh promoted by reindeer:
Here’s the facts that Republicans, many Democrats, and the corporate media don’t want you to know:
- Santa Claus is a mythological figure, not a real-life person, although Santa Claus is loosely-based on the real-life Saint Nicholas, who lived in the late 3rd to early-to-mid 4th century AD Roman Empire.
- It is physically impossible for a non-motorized, reindeer-pulled sleigh to fly long distances.
- As far as is known, there are no real-life reindeer with glowing red noses.
- There are no real-life permanent residents of the North Pole, which is located near the middle of the Arctic Ocean
What has always made me irate is that the corporate news media aggressively promotes the religious fiction that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole and rides a reindeer-pulled flying sleigh as if it were established fact, even though it’s religious mythology and not established fact. As much as Donald Trump complains about fake news all the time, us atheists have known for a long time that the corporate media subjects the American people to fake news about Santa Claus riding in a flying sleigh every December.
Despite the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibiting “an establishment of religion”, and the 14th Amendment requiring states to protect the 1st Amendment rights, among other rights, of the American people, Scott Walker is using the Wisconsin National Guard and the Wisconsin state emergency management agency to promote religious mythology. If you’re an atheist or otherwise a non-Christian who lives in the State of Wisconsin, then Scott Walker just discriminated against you. What Walker is doing is similar to then-U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama using a federal government agency, NORAD, to provide the American public with a fictional Santa tracker.
We live in a country where the country’s head of state and head of government, Donald Trump, has turned “Merry Christmas”, a normally non-offensive way of greeting Christians around the time of Christmas, into a political slur against non-Christians, and where government agencies and the corporate news media promote religious mythology about Christmas and pass it off as if it were established fact, even though it’s not established fact. I find it perfectly acceptable for private citizens to celebrate religious holidays, whether it be Christmas or another religious holiday, but I find it extremely inappropriate for government and the news media to promote religious mythology as if it were established fact.