NEW YORK – Fox News host Gretchen Carlson this week continued the network’s dedication to highlighting various threats that modern, secular culture pose to Christians and their faith. The host took shots at the usual culprits, including atheism and tolerance for other traditional religions, but she saved her most vehement attacks for the 1990’s sitcom Seinfeld.
“Of all the evil forces out there trying to choke Christianity to death, Seinfeld definitely ranks in the top five,” Carlson told WorldNetDaily. “This secular filth has been in syndication for like a decade now, and its corrosive effects have only been getting stonger.”
Carlson, who formerly cohosted Fox and Friends, said that she knew she show was “written be heathens” when she first saw the 1997 episode “The Strike,” in which it is revealed that Frank Costanza chooses not to celebrate Christmas, and instead marks December 23rd with “Festivus,” a holiday of his own devising that features a pole instead of a Christmas tree and the berating of one’s relatives in lieu of gift-giving.
Since the show’s airing, Fesitvus, originally a parody, has actually attracted celebrants, and has replaced Christmas for some people looking for a non-commercial alternative. Carlson pointed out that the holiday’s popularity is “obvious proof” that “decent society is collapsing.”
“[People are signing] petitions at state governors’ offices during the Christmas season to put up a ‘Festivus pole’ – from the made-up holiday of ‘Festivus’ from the ‘Seinfeld’ TV show – next to a Christian crèche on public lands,” Carlson said.
“As a journalist, I see these stories frequently,” she said, “and I just want to make sure Americans realize if you don’t stand up and take notice of some of these things happening, before you know it, our heritage starts to erode.”
Carlson admitted that Festivus is “probably the aspect of Seinfeld most offensive to Jesus,” but said that she knew well before “The Strike” aired that it was an “un-American and immoral show.”
“I mean, ever since the first season, I knew it was garbage,” Carlson said. “It helped a bit when they did that anti-masturbation episode, but any good that came of that has been ruined by eight seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm.”