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Ex-Holy See Ambassador: TV, Movies Take Christ Out of Christmas

By    |   Friday, 19 December 2014 01:22 PM

Christians in America are losing the war on Christmas and Judeo-Christian values in general, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Ray Flynn tells Newsmax.

"All over the United States, there's a war on Christianity, but particularly during the Christmas season," Flynn, who also served as mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"America is losing the war to maintain Christ in 'Christmas' and maintaining traditional values and principles," he explained.

"This has been building for the longest period of time . . . mostly coming from the television industry and also particularly the movie industry," he contends.

"There's been a real concerted effort to secularize the United States, and the biggest target of that would be the Christmas holiday," he said.

Flynn says that there should be a "boycott [of] some of these industries, companies, television shows and movies that are trying to secularize and trying to take Christ out of America."

Katie Yoder, reporter for the Media Research Center, tells Newsmax that there are a variety of ways in which Christianity has been under attack by the media in 2014, which is something she addressed in a commentary piece for the media watchdog group. 

"The media, this year, has not been reporting the plight of Christians, especially abroad — the persecution of Christians," Yoder explained. "When Christians are in trouble times and in need and their stories should be heard, the media aren't reporting them."

When Christians aren't being ignored, they're being mocked, portrayed as "haters," the Christian family is attacked and so are Christian businesses, she said.

In that vein, the former ambassador to the Holy See says that while the media is reporting heavily on the recent decision to normalize relations with Cuba, and Pope Francis' role in the negotiations, they are ignoring the religious persecution that Cubans have faced under the Castro regime.

"Nowhere [has the media] mentioned religious persecution and nowhere has it mentioned human and civil rights," Flynn explained.

The focus, he contends, is "economics, businesses and the Chamber of Commerce."

"The pope is representing a message of hope for persecuted Christians and Catholics in Cuba and also for human rights and civil rights," he said.

"Is that being reported in the national media? I don't think so," he added.

According to the former Boston mayor, "you're not getting the full picture of Christianity in America."

He contends that the media only likes to report Pope Francis' "populist message," while ignoring his comments on "the life of Christ and the meaning of Christianity."

"This situation about Cuba is a classic example of it," he added.

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