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December 15th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

Megyn Kelly's 'White Christmas"

Slate's Aisha Harris joins Brian Stelter to discuss the blowback following the Fox News anchor's comments about Santa.


Filed under: Fox News • Megyn Kelly • Santa Claus • Slate
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    umm this is the REAL St. Nick. He is not of african descent. and he is a REAL person who has been characterized. That doesn't make him not real. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=745454025482579&set=p.745454025482579&type=1&theater

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  35. bjgherc1124

    My comments are regarding the Fox News woman who claims that Santa and Jesus are white (article below).

    What is wrong with Megyn Kelly of Fox News? Santa and Jesus are Caucasian, she says. Ok, another idiot who should never be in front of a microphone. First, SANTA is not real! Is there really any more that needs to be said about that? No! As for Jesus, if he was a historical figure, he most certainly was not white. Ms. Kelly would probably add that he was a Christian. For the love Zeus, he most likely would have been an Israelite possible Middle Eastern in background, but not white. Moreover, this part many Christians seem to pay little attention to, HIS RELIGION WOULD HAVE BEEN JEWISH. A JEWISH RABBI. (As an aside, there are a number of biblical scholars who are proposing that the Jesus of the Gospels was an archetype, a literary and spiritual amalgamation, highlighting the best qualities in humans, but not a real person. This is quite controversial.)

    Consider this; if Jesus were able to travel thru time and found himself dropped off in the middle of a street, in some community in America, and on the one side of the street was a Christian Church and the other side of the street a Synagogue, which one would he enter? Though he probably could not write, he may have had rudimentary reading knowledge. The Hebrew on the outside of the Synagogue would be welcoming to him. Once he entered, he might hear Modern Hebrew being spoken, and a more familiar Ancient Hebrew being recited by a Rabbi reading The Torah. Though his everyday spoken language would have been Aramaic, if he were a Rabbi, he would have heard many many times the same passages in the same language in 1st Century Israel. The similarities would make him feel at ease. He would be at home.

    On the other hand, the English on the outside of the Church would seem strange. Stranger still, and morbidly terrifying, he might see a cross. The symbol of the brutal absoluteness of the Roman Empire. (On a different note, it is creepy and wrong that the cross is the symbol for a religion. I know the reason, but it is still creepy, disgusting and wrong. If the dying for sins nonsense were actually true, then Christianity should have long ago been labeled as a "blood sacrifice cult". Because that is, the gist of the story if one thinks about it. Creepy). Upon entering the Church, he would be shocked to see many more crosses, and even more troubling, stained glass windows depicting religious subjects. This is a direct violation of the 2nd Commandment, "You are not to make yourself a carved-image or any figure that is in the heavens above, that is on the earth beneath, that is in the waters beneath the Earth;..." (Translation from the Torah). Finally, he would see a strange book written in some unrecognizable scribble, and hear it read aloud in a language as foreign to him as his language would be to us.

    Most definitely, he would not be white, and he would worship as a devout Jew and would do so in a Synagogue.

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  36. BSinestra

    Kelly really should remove herself from this white bubble that is fox noise/.
    Santa is fictional and is white only through European story telling...however St. Nick was from Turkey, not a white man
    Jesus, Christ..was from the mid-east allegedly....also, not a white man

    Megyn Kelly is 1000% wrong

    December 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • Randy S.

      HUH? have you seen an israili or Greek or a Turk? Unless they have mogul or indian blood line they are pretty caucasian.

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  37. Lisa

    Santa is not real, he can be whatever you want him to be (just as in peoples religious beliefs), and also a good topic of discussion is the US Census report of a "Majority Minority" nation (57% minority) by 2043... people should learn to adapt to and aembrace change before they are left behind making critical comments about the tooth fairy

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      Lisa. just because you let Coca Cola skew your view of Santa Claus doesn't mean he's not real. Nore does the tradition of leaving gifts in his name as an homage to his generosity make him less of a real person.

      Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus); (15 March 270 – 6 December 343),[3][4] also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek[5] Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker (Νικόλαος ὁ Θαυματουργός, Nikolaos ho Thaumaturgos). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos". His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints.[6] In 1087, part of the relics (about half of the bones) were furtively translated to Bari, in Apulia, Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. The remaining bones were taken to Venice in 1100. His feast day is the 6th of December.
      The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican,[7] Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist,[8] Methodist,[9] Presbyterian,[10] and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas.[11] Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.

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