A Greens senator insists ‘there is no war on Christmas’ after receiving a poor reception to a controversial banner which crossed out the name of the Christian holiday.
Nick McKim, his media adviser Patrick Caruana and fellow Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson stood in front of a modified ‘Merry Christmas’ sign, which replaced ‘Christmas’ with ‘non-denominational seasonal festivity’.
After being panned by Treasurer Scott Morrison and plenty of others on social media, Senator McKim accused conservative Liberal politicians of being ‘lunatic right wingers’.
Senator Nick McKim (pictured left), his media adviser Patrick Caruana and fellow Tasmanian senator Peter Whish-Wilson
‘They think there’s a war on Christmas. What we were trying to say is, “Guys, relax, there actually is no war on Christmas”,’ he told Sky News on Monday.
Senator McKim, who is based in Hobart, claimed the Facebook ‘satire’ to be a success, even though critics asked if the politician from the far-left party would mock Muslims in the same way.
‘We thought it was a bit of joke. Honestly, I couldn’t have predicted its success and we’re entirely stoked,’ he said.
One man asked the senator on Sky News’ Facebook page if the Greens would mock Muslim holy festivities.
Greens senator Nick McKim insisted the ‘satire’ banner was a success despite the criticism
Several critics asked if the Greens would make fun of Muslims in the way they mock Christians
‘Yeah, so the Greens don’t like us making fun of Islam but it’s OK to make fun of Christianity,’ he said. ‘Just shows who the Greens are working for.’
One woman asked if the Greens would make fun of Ramadan.
‘Would they dare make fun of a Muslim holiday?,’ she asked.
‘I doubt it very much. What a bunch of insensitive cretins. Just proves what tossers they are.’
Treasurer Scott Morrison described the Greens as a ‘bunch of pathetic muppets’.
‘The Greens are actually opposed to Christmas. For many millions of Australians Christmas is a very spiritual time of year and central to their religious faith,’ the Liberal MP said on Facebook.
‘For members of parliament to treat this important religious occasion with such disrespect is as offensive as it is disappointing.’
Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Greens had disrespected Christmas as a religious occasion
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Several other people also expressed their annoyance on Senator McKim’s Facebook page.
‘I’m a Green voter, an atheist and totally against all this ‘religious freedom’ bulls*** but can we stop with this PC crap?,’ he said.
Another man described them as ‘attention seeking clowns’.
He added he was glad the Greens, who have 10 per cent support in the latest Newspoll, were a minority.
Even a self-described Greens voter had enough of the Greens’ attempt to troll conservatives
Greens senator Nick McKim pictured here with ‘holiday eggs’ and ‘seasonal fruit buns’
In April, Senator McKim trolled conservatives by tweeting about giving ‘halal-certified holiday eggs’ to his staff but he left out the word Easter to promote products suitable for Muslims.
He pushed a politically-correct message about the upcoming Easter holidays, leaving out Christian phrases including ‘cross’.
He had taken aim at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s call for Australians to boycott halal-certified Cadbury eggs.
‘Treating staff to halal-certified holiday eggs and warmed non-denominational cinnamon, flavoured, geometrically decorated seasonal fruit buns,’ Senator McKim told his followers.
The left-wing senator told his Twitter followers he had served his staff halal-friendly treats
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