Church and State Draw Closer: The White House’s Christmas Card

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but The Huffington Post Post reports about The White House’s Super Christian Christmas Card.  The article includes pictures, and here’s the description:

This morning on “The View,” Barbara Walters displayed the Christmas card she recently received from the White House. She said it was the most religious White House Christmas card in her memory. The card included explicit religious references beyond just a bible verse.

The super-Christian card features a verse from Nehemiah (Old Testament, it should be noted):

You alone are the LORD.
You made the heavens, even the highest heavens,
and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to everything,
and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
NEHEMIAH 9:6 (NIV)

But whereas in previous years the President and the First Lady opted for messages of happiness, goodwill, and peace, this year featured the following closer:

May the joy of all creation fill your heart this blessed season 2007.

It is then signed by both George and Laura Bush.

So, if I understand this correctly, some Bible verse is far more important a message than happiness, goodwill, and peace.  I, for one, certainly don’t think those more meaningful goals are compatible with the current goals of the Bush Administration.  Choosing from the Old Testament – one of the most violent and immoral books in all human history – is somewhat appropriate.  I just wish that more people would detect the irony.

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