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Adorable or outrageous? You be the judge.

An ad created by the Norwegian postal service is sparking international acclaim and outrage for its steamy depiction of Santa Claus as a gay man.

The ad, part of the “When Harry Met Santa” ad campaign, celebrates the 50th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalized in Norway. It depicts Santa and another man balancing a burgeoning relationship with Santa’s seasonal present delivery duties.

Some called the ad, which depicts the two men kissing each other, heartwarming. Others say it is wildly offensive.

Is it okay for Santa to be gay? And did anyone tell Mrs. Claus?

"Santa Uses Tongue!?"

The ad tells a love story, showing Santa's first encounter with a man who stumbles upon Saint Nick in his home delivering presents. In subsequent years, their romantic connection grows, as do the protagonist’s frustrations of only seeing Santa one evening per year.

He finally sends Santa a letter which states “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is you.” When Santa visits that evening, he tells the man he’s arranged some help for the evening, so the two can spend more time together. 

Then they share a kiss as the camera zooms out.

Critics weren't too happy about that last part.

“They’ve sexualized Santa,” complained talkRADIO contributor Dawn Neesom. When host James Max pushed back against the claim that it was sexualized, arguing that it was a harmless kiss, Neesom fired back: “It’s a proper snog. There are tongues!”

She also took issue with Santa’s alleged infidelity, arguing that he was “cheating on his wife at Christmas.”

She wasn’t the only one to object to Santa’s Christmas Eve kiss; Social media was flooded with objections to the display. “I find this ad creepy and disturbing!” exclaimed one Twitter user. “Norway making Santa a closet homosexual cheating on Mrs Claus is the worst Christmas idea....EVER!” said another.

Naughty or Nice?

Does the ad cross a line? Supporters of the message say that it’s only being criticized because it’s a homosexual relationship, arguing that you’d never see this sort of backlash if Santa was kissing Mrs. Claus. 

“It’s not Harry kissing Santa that’s distasteful, but the echoes of the historical villainisation of gay male sexuality that reverberate through the objections to this ad,” wrote Katie Edwards for the Independent. “The argument that children shouldn’t be witness to Santa falling in love with and kissing a man is only a step away from suggesting that gay men are a corrupting influence on kids.”

Whether the kiss is sexual in nature is up for debate, but as many on social media pointed out, ‘sexy Santa’ is hardly a new concept, and has gone culturally unchallenged for years. From “Santa Baby” to “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Santa’s been getting down and swapping spit for decades. So what’s the problem this time?

And, as one Twitter user stated, if the objection is the sexualization of Santa, then where’s the outrage over ‘sexy Santa’ outfits?

The question then becomes: is a gay kiss inherently sexual? Are gay relationships inappropriate for children to see?

The Norwegian postal service says they simply wanted to show that “love has no limits” in the ad. Critics say the male-on-male kiss sexualizes Santa. 

What is your reaction?

P.S. as if this whole saga wasn't enough, it somehow isn't the only gay Santa outrage this holiday season. This other one was a bit closer to home:

103 comments

  1. Tom Thackrey's Avatar Tom Thackrey

    Children should learn that all kinds of love exist. I am almost 70. When I was young an interracial couple was shocking and even illegal. PDAs by homosexual couples should be treated exactly as heterosexual couples. Personally, I don't think tongue kissing in public is appropriate. I would hope that today's children see a couple kissing as normal regardless of the genders involved.

    1. Stacey Owens's Avatar Stacey Owens

      Let God show the children what love is. Not man, it's should be natural. According to the laws of nature.

      Man wants to make laws to protect life, but there are laws of life man can not or change if he tried.

      Life (God) has control of what life needs to be.

      1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

        And no doubt you believe Trump was sent by god.

        1. Alicia Szot's Avatar Alicia Szot

          I can't believe (No...I really CAN believe) that you brought up Trump in something that has nothing to do with him. The TDS is strong in you.

        2. Garrick J.K. Militante's Avatar Garrick J.K. Militante

          Alexander, why did you even bring up President Trump when he has nothing to do with this topic? He really lives rent free in your head doesn't he?

    2. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

      After World War II, I believe, Japan was slowly learning some traditions from Americans, and one of those traditions horrified the children that when mum and dad would kiss each other, the children would scream in horror at their dad, "Why are you eating mommy's nose?!!" I think kissing is all about presentation.

    3. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      In the year 2525...maybe. Maybe even more than we can imagine.

    4. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

      Romans 1:26-31 New International Version 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

      28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.

      1. Tom Thackrey's Avatar Tom Thackrey

        https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/political-and-social-issues/why-the-arguments-for-gay-marriage-are-persuasive.html

        Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

        I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

        I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual unseemliness – Lev. 15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

        When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

        I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

        A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

        Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

        Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

        I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

        My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

      2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        We can see that you know how to read and transcribe literature Michael, as well as any sixth grader, and the rest 9f us can do that too, but what about your personal opinions, and solutions, that's what we're doing here. Anyone can right down what they read, but that's not doing us any good, especially since you're transcribing from a book of Fairytales that most of us don't believe in. You are'nt even specifying a point you're trying to make. Can you be more specific?

      3. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

        That book isn't authoritive for all, or even most people. Christian scolars even eschew it as political propaganda designed to control the ignorant masses. Do get me wrong, there are some good fables in it.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    What if Santa Claus is really transgender?
    And he, is really a she?
    I'm sure Christian men would have no objection seeing Ms. Claus making out with Ms. Claus. What do you think?

    1. Stephen Richard Jennings's Avatar Stephen Richard Jennings

      Santa Claus does not exist, ask your children, doh!

  1. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

    There is nothing wrong with gay people dressing up for Christmas and people need to get it though there head that everyone has the same rules and rights and I believe kid should not be shelter from life

    1. SueW's Avatar SueW

      Everyone seems to be OK with Mommy kissing Santa Claus, but not this. I’m always amazed at the rationalization that’s required to say they’re not bigots while demonstrating exactly the opposite.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      And what do you think about the ones who dress up for Christmas everyday, Cindy?

    3. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      I agree with you emphatically Cindy. And furthermore, I think it should be taught from an early age that it's perfectly alright for little gay boys to kiss eachother. I've seen little girls kissing eachother, and it seemed perfectly alright, regardless of their sexual orientation. I've even seen two male dogs having sex with eachother, atleast a few times, wherever the we y happened to be , without any embarrassment or shame. I've seen male and female dogs doing it too. Maybe someday, humans will evolve as much as dogs, and such acts in public will be as common and we'll thought of as a hand shake, or a hug, but don't count on it for a few thousand years.

    4. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

      1 Corinthians 6:9-10 English Standard Version 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        The kingdom of your god seems like an awful dreary place Michael. I'm glad I'm not going to inherit it. I've got eternal front row seats reserved in my name to watch Judas Priest perform throughout eternity, in the the part of the Summerland I'm going to.

      2. Tom's Avatar Tom

        Given that not everyone believes in the "Kingdom of God" you don't make a very compelling argument.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    THE WAY SANTA KLAUS HAS DRESSED FOREVER, I MEAN NO ONE EVEN SUSPECTED ??? COME ON !

    1. SueW's Avatar SueW

      Absolutely! A velvet suit with fur trim? Come on!

      But seriously, as the article points out, Santa has been sexualized for decades. This is much ado about nothing. Well, nothing except bigotry.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      I've even heard that Santa Claus was often seen prancing around in Mr. Roger's neighborhood, with Chef Tell.

  1. Charles Jude Platt's Avatar Charles Jude Platt

    "Much ado about nothing." Santa can deal with it.

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    From a ULC DD, with four doctorates in metaphysical, epistemological and other type stuff — and who has been sainted twice.

    What Jesus and Santa have in common, is that both constantly spy on little kiddies, all the time - they are sleeping, or awake.

    Which drives many little kiddies into some type of adult mental disorder, or other (according to the late Albert Ellis, PH.d)

    I know, that if some God, or other, was always watching me, and constantly reading my mind — and I actually believed this was happening — it would make me nuts — especially when my genes began to let me know, what God created females for.

    PS. Both Santa (and Jesus) were concocted, by men, to promote socialism, and capitalism at the same time, by manipulating the sheeple to buy crap few needed — and now turn China into the world’s leading military power — because patriotic MAGA-A’ers, buy Chinese gifts, made by atheistic workers, to give to their Christian kids, from a German Santa.

    All setting up little kiddies, to believe for their entire lives, that “Big Brother” is always watching them, to determine if they’re naughty or nice.

    1. Ennyl Yesac's Avatar Ennyl Yesac

      Must have plenty of money to be able to purchase four doctorates in metaphysical, epistemological and other type stuff — and a sainthood twice.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Has anyone ever wondered why Santa and Mrs. Claus live a secluded life on the North Pole, and why she never goes with him on his yearly sleigh ride? What would be thought of them if it was found out that they were both gay men? Santa Claus does resemble a bear daddy, I must say.

    1. James C Riggle's Avatar James C Riggle

      You got that right. Lol!

  1. Adam John Denman's Avatar Adam John Denman

    I literally couldn't care less about this. My kids wouldn't care either. Seems to me it's mostly (mostly not totally) Christians getting up in arms about.... checks notes yep a fictitious character being gay.... last time I checked Santa Claus had nothing to do with religion, so you're just being homophobic. What a surprise.

    Anyway isn't Xmas a Pagan celebration stolen and co-opted by Christianity?

    Whatever you believe, just be kind to one another, there is enough hate in the world without a bunch of bigots making it worse.

    Love to you all, hail Satan.

  1. Johanna Schneider's Avatar Johanna Schneider

    What about the song, " I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus", is that not sexualizing Santa? The issue is that many people do not accept gay/transgender people. For all of the "religious" people who think that people of the same gender loving each other is wrong - if you believe that God created people in his? image, then God does not make mistakes.

    Love is love. l do not see anything wrong with children learning that people love each other, doesn't matter what the gender is. Years ago, people were appalled by mixed race couples, now is the time for acceptance and love.

  1. flugo's Avatar flugo

    The deluge of warped, twisted filth is alarming. Especially alarming is the exposure the youth receive of the false, unGodly propaganda purported by these depraved, immoral deviates. Lust does not equate with love. marriage is designed by God for a male and a female. Just because a celebrity, a sports star, and/or an idol' engage in this abominable behavior, that has NOthing to do with the legitimacy of their degrading lifestyle.
    The social cesspool is ever-widening and worse than that - seemingly gaining 'respect'. But, remember: God will not be mocked!

    1. Dave J's Avatar Dave J

      God will not be mocked? Really? The idiot god who enjoys killing entire races, subjugating women, says that slavery is OK is not to be mocked. Ok then, what a weenie god you have.

    2. Geoffrey C. Olive's Avatar Geoffrey C. Olive

      UnGodly? So what is Godly? If you follow the bible then it’s genocide (Noah’s flood), murdering children, jealousy, creating hell and the devil, rape (Virgin Mary), Sodom and Gomorrah (Lot’s wife), no need to list more godly acts as these are all pretty awful! Most male saints weren’t married, as were the disciples. If it’s claimed they were married to god, a male imaginary entity, then that’s a homosexual act in itself! Hypocritical interpretation of the meaning of love!

      1. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

        1 Corinthians 6:9-10 English Standard Version 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

        1. Geoffrey C. Olive's Avatar Geoffrey C. Olive

          Not a good argument to keep repeating the same verses from a 2000-year-old book of questionable origins!

    3. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Go Flu: Your god will always be mocked until he gets his deistic act together and genuinely starts caring for people. He certainly doesn't show it if you read about him in the old book you revere. That's assuming you are referring to the christian god and not one of the others that mankind has also created.

      🦁♥️

    4. pjm's Avatar pjm

      flugo wrote: "Dec 03, 2021 at 09:35 am The deluge of warped, twisted filth is alarming. Especially alarming is the exposure the youth receive of the false, unGodly propaganda purported by these depraved, immoral deviates. Lust does not equate with love. marriage is designed by God for a male and a female. Just because a celebrity, a sports star, and/or an idol' engage in this abominable behavior, that has NOthing to do with the legitimacy of their degrading lifestyle.

      The social cesspool is ever-widening and worse than that - seemingly gaining 'respect'. But, remember: God will not be mocked!"

      So, let's quote the New Testament, shall we? In his letter to the church at Galatia, the Apostle Paul laid out what the evidence is of being a Christian: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." May I ask, sir, which of those Spiritual fruit you exhibited with your diatribe above? I would say that it is exactly the opposite of what Christians are. I would submit that you expressed hatred, discontent, anger, intolerance, lack of empathy, evil, bullying and certainly not self-control.

      And this is symptomatic of what is wrong with the radical far-right humanistic evangelical church today. They seem to have forgotten what Christianity actually is; they forego the teachings of Christ and his disciples, and instead have a sort of a smug, arrogant religion based on how superior they feel to everyone else. And they base it on what they think God should do and how he should act instead of what their own Bibles tell them.

      The only one you are condemning is yourself. Your job as a Christian is to love your neighbor unconditionally, just as Christ shows you compassion and grace despite your rotten, judgmental spirit. If you truly believe that you are a Christian, then you also have to believe that ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23) And that includes you. And you should remember that you are no better, no less of a lowly sinner than everyone and anyone else; saved only by the Grace of God. You are certainly not in a position to bully and condemn. You'll be judged worthy by the love and compassion that you show, not the venom and condemnation that you spew.
      Remember -- God will not be mocked! God bless you.

      1. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

        1 Corinthians 6:9-10 English Standard Version 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

        1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

          Nobody wants to inherit your God's kingdom, Michael. It totally sucks!

    5. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Flugo, did you ever consider that they might be Italian cousins. We do a lot of kissing on the Italian side of my family. And like the song goes "You must remember this. A kiss is just a kiss".

    6. Adam John Denman's Avatar Adam John Denman

      Flugo, it's people like you that give your God a bad name... I have nothing against Christ, it's the Christians that really get to me.... how about showing a bit more compassion.

    7. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

      Flugo, you're views, mind, and heart are narrow and closed. Love is love, reproductive organs only matter when you're attempting to reproduce. Mainstream Christianity is a construct of polititicians and power brokers attempting to sieze and consolidate control over people, land, wealth and power; The Ministry and trachings of Jesus Christ in no way resemble the cess pit of hate.

      Marriage isn't a construct of God, at one time it was a spiritual binding, and joining of purpose, but was later preverted by The Christian Church to control inheritance of wealth, land, and title. You aren't much of a scholar of history.

      You have been programed well, but you can strip away the blinders, and break the bonds holding your heart, mind, and spirit in a place of hatred and darkness.

      Love is the law, love is The All.

  1. rebadams7's Avatar rebadams7

    Oh dear. Can we not leave anything to the imagination? Can we not leave children innocent? They do grow up quickly, and we burden then with questions bigger than their hearts and minds can handle. This ad was too much in your face for my taste

    1. SueW's Avatar SueW

      Do you have the same objection to Prince Charming kissing Sleeping Beauty? Or any of the other kisses shared in fairy tales, as well as every ubiquitous feel-good holiday movie ever made? If not, why not?

      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        I don't even have an objection to calling Suey on a farm, in a very traditional way: "Here Suey, Suey, Suey"!

  1. Michael Barton's Avatar Michael Barton

    It is disrespectful and hurtful. It's not how you get supporters to your cause. It also shouldn't be used to target children as that is child abuse. It's sick and wrong.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    what controversy? If thats how they want to portray him then let them, its their country. Now if they tried that here....lets just say there would be far more then a controversy

  1. Mark Hannon's Avatar Mark Hannon

    I think it's sweet. There are Santas everywhere you look these days. This could be anyone of them. He's a real bell ringer if you ask me.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Mark, now try to imagine all those Santa's getting together and kissing eachother.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Mark, do you think there are as many Santas as there are Elvis impersonators, and are any of those Santa's also Elvis impersonators? And on Friday nights, at the North Pole, do they take turns on stage, entertaining the elves and reindeers, doing dragshows in dresses, made up to look like Jesus and his twelve merry men apostles?

    3. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      And also Mark, do you think any of those bell ringing Santas do it while dancing to the song You Can Ring My Bell, in black fishnet pantyhose, and a red feather boa?

  1. Kirk Blain's Avatar Kirk Blain

    I am not going to debate this issue I am just going to advise everyone to wait until God sends Jesus Christ back down to this earth and then will all see the consequences of our actions we are not to judge them we are not to debate them we are to leave it up to God to make that decision and if punishment is necessary he’ll take care of that not us but I will say this mankind was destroyed for the first time on this earth because of man laying with man and woman laying with woman

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Kirk, my god doesn't like your god, and even turned your god over his knee and spanked him.

  1. Eric B Peterson's Avatar Eric B Peterson

    The big problem with a gay Santa, of course, is that he is already married to Mrs. Claus so he is committing Adultery and certainly being unfaithful. As a professional Santa, nearly all children will ask me about Mrs. Claus. They never ask if Santa has a gay lover. These kids look up to Santa as a righteous role model we don't need to destroy his image with the specter of immoral behavior. Yes, adultery is immoral and a sin.

    Let kids be kids and enjoy their innocence.

    1. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

      Eric, adultery is one of the made rules of the Christian religion, put in place to control inheritance. Most religions, and most people modern, and ancient, have no care or concern for such non-sense.

  1. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

    Romans 1:26-31 New International Version 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Go west Michael, with your bible, until you fall off the side of this planet.

  1. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

    More drama than a Texas tent revival. Let's just clear it all up with Santa on the eve of the 25th, and move on.

  1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

    I feel very happy to have lived a long and I hope fruitful life without this nonsense of transforming everything under the sky into what the liberal mentality wishes; I’m happy with men having wives and women dating men and if anybody beliefs that by trying to shove down my throat their ideology my life will be better I’m sorry because whatever is that they are selling I’m not buying it.

    Having said that and Santa being an imaginary friend he can, by all I care, go to bed with one of his reindeers, paint his face black and speak with a Mandarin accent.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    1. James C Riggle's Avatar James C Riggle

      There is nothing liberal about homosexuality, it has been around since the beginning of time. It is far past time that our lives are shown as a normal way of life in the media. Being gay has never been a sin. It's the religous orders that gave it that distinction.

      If you don't want to see it, turn the channel. I never thought I would live to see my life treated as normal in public, and although we have a long way to go, I am glad it's finally happening.

      1. Michael A West's Avatar Michael A West

        1 Corinthians 6:9-10 English Standard Version 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

        1. Tom's Avatar Tom

          James 4:12 English Standard Version There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

          1. flugo's Avatar flugo

            'tomb': You're the epitome of picking and choosing what you want to shore up your sagging viewpoint. Jesus told us to judge: John 7:24; to rebuke: Luke 17:13; to judge rightly: I Corinthians 2:14,15. You'd do well to do your homework before embarrassing yourself.

            1. Tom's Avatar Tom

              You mean the Bible contradicts itself?!? I guess we shouldn't expect a book of stories originally passed down by word of mouth before a group of men decided which ones should be written down and considered the "word of god" to be consistent or infallible...

    2. Dave J's Avatar Dave J

      And that's the beauty of it. If you don't want to buy it, don't. Just let the other people do what they want. That's the message in this ad, that love should know no boundaries as long as they are consenting adults.

      Of course since Santa is a mythical being, he brings certain problems with him, but that's for the couple to figure out.

      1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

        I don’t remember asking for your approval for my actions or advice on how to lead my life.

        1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

          Next comes another Shakespearean quote.

        2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

          Gerardo, I hope you don't think that anyone is here to please you.

          1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

            Actually not; nice to read your wise words, unintelligible to most people except privileged Shakespearean minds like mine.

            I was going to answer that according to my parents I was special and deserving of every consideration but when I saw your name I didn’t. Right now I’m enjoying a nice coffee in Toledo, Spain, and it would be great to be able to share it with you. Other time, perhaps. See you.

            1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

              I can't see a reason to get o all the way to Spain to drink coffee Gerardo, when I can drink it at home, here in Galveston, Texas. Thanks for reminding me though. It's about time I had another cup. Cheers, amigo!

              1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

                See you. Keep well.

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    Nick Page UK I always taught that it was Mr and Mrs Santa Clause That surely is what it should be Yes people worldwide are straight or gay but let's not bring this into the equation remember Lord Richard Attenborough in the superb film Miracle on 34th Street I believe and I'm 63.

    1. SueW's Avatar SueW

      Arguing about the sexual preference of Santa makes even less sense than arguing about the race and gender of 007.

      They’re fictional. They can be whatever we imagine. The point of the ad is that love has no boundaries.

  1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

    I'm dying of laughter over here because now we have a stereotype of Catholic clergy, which "Saint" Nicholas was, I believe. He loved children, so I'm anticipating that the reason he sneaks down the chimney in the middle of the night is in order to sexually molest children as they sleep in their beds as sugar plums dance in their heads and compensates them with presents. I don't have a problem with Santa being polyamorous or any other category you wish to assign to him as I do with anyone making a vow and violating that vow when it can be avoided. If the historical Saint Nicholas was not a devoted husband and a giving man to the poor and children, it would not bother me, but hey, I support freedom of expression and the LGBT+ community wholeheartedly along with whatever we may fantasize, but let's see what direction Santa's new reputation goes when children sit on his lap from now on and as people attempt to assassinate Santa's reputation at night.

  1. Stacey Owens's Avatar Stacey Owens

    Just because there is no gun, knife, rock, or word of mouth used doesn't mean your not murdering something.

    If a gun, knife, or rock was left in a room, someone will pick it up and may use it according to His or her cause.

    We need to pay attention to what we leave around because someone might may use it for the wrong reasons.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Stacey, I'm only responsible for my own thoughts and actions, and won't condemn myself for the wrongs of others.

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    I agree with all of my fellow ULC bishops and lowly ministers, that both Santa, and Jesus (and, to some extent, the Virgin Mary) are equal — in their believability.

    As Christians pray to Jesus, the Virgin Mary (and sometimes the Holy Ghost) to get things for nothing (as it will be in the Christian Heaven) they teach their kids to practice “asking for things” from Santa — which if their parents are wealthy enough, — they always receive.

    So Santa is useful to Christian clergy, because Santa sets such kids up for being exploited for their entire lives, by predatory, vulturistic, parasitic, lying Christian.clergy — ergo Santa has a symbiotic relationship with Jesus.

    Both are mythological, but capitalism needs both to convince their flocks that it’s OK, to buy gifts from the atheistic, Communistic Chinese, to please the Christian God (AKA, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, and sometimes the Virgin Mary).

    Soon the GOP will elevate Trump to “deity” status, and then Trump’ll be part of the trinity — renamed the “quadrinity” (?)

    Can any of my fellow ULC’ers, provide a better word than “quadrinity” (for when Trump eventually is elevated, by the GOP, to become part of the Trinity).

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      There aren't any lowly ministers of the ULC, William. We're all equal, despite those honorary titles that we can pay to get, but have any educational requirements, so come down off your high horse, and remove your crown of foolishness, because of which your words have only yet given us a hearty chuckle. Have you thought about ringing the bells in the Notre Dame Cathedral. That sounds like a good job for someone with your kind of doctorates and sainthoods.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Also William, Mary was no virgin, but a hooker on the streets of Bethlehem. Nobody ever found out who Jesus' daddy really was. Joseph was quite a bullshitter (although a bit deranged), and it sounded like a good story at the time, although it was expected to be taken as a joke, since every man, boy, male camel and goat of Bethlehem had already slept with Mary. I saw that in a vision during a previous incarn as tion, when I was known as St. John.

    3. Geoffrey C. Olive's Avatar Geoffrey C. Olive

      Turdinity.

    4. Geoffrey C. Olive's Avatar Geoffrey C. Olive

      Turdinity.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    I can't recall a whole lot having ever been said about Mrs. Claus. It seems like she mostly stays in the background. Does anyone really know anything about her, other than that she wears a red and white dress. Maybe they're trying to keep a low profile, as if there was something to hide. Now with the suggestion that Santa Claus might be a closet queen, what more might there be to learn about his wife? Has anyone ever seen their marriage license for instance. They supposedly got together long before gay marriage was ever thought of. And that could be the reason why she makes herself so scarce. Does anyone even know if she shaves her face? That could explain why she has such a deep voice. Don't tell me I'm the only one who ever heard her speak.

  1. Johnny L. Pry Sr's Avatar Johnny L. Pry Sr

    Disgusting. And all of you who are ok with this, are condoning sins. It is not up to us or corporations to push this b.s. onto innocent children. If the parents want to teach their children about the sin of homosexuality of people, that is their prerogative as parents Makes me ashamed to associate my name with this "church".

    1. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

      Johnny, you're projecting your beliefs on others. Many of us, myself inuluded, don't beleive in sin, and don't care what's between soneone's legs.

      Love and compassion are what's holy, and I've spent a lifetime batteling, hate, ignorance, and intolerance. To use your vocabulary, I would name hate, ignorance, and intolerance sins.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Lighten up, Johnny! Children aren't as innocent as s you seem to think. I know I wasn't. And sin, when done the right way.

  1. Roger Carl Alicea's Avatar Roger Carl Alicea

    Homosexual displays of affection aside, it's a tasteless ad. Traditionally, Santa Claus is married.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Have you never heàrd of married men who have extramarital affairs with other men? I've known some who were like that. And some of them were very Nelly queens, who you'd never expect to be married to women. I mean like they really wore it on their sleeves, even to the point of sounding a lot like Truman Capote.

  1. Leonard Joseph Dosono's Avatar Leonard Joseph Dosono

    Absolutely not!! Time to leave this organization I will not argue about this,not worth the time!!

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      It looks like we've run off another nay sayer. Hip hip hooray!

  1. Rafael Picon's Avatar Rafael Picon

    Santas got a package just for you . As long as he hasn't been messing with the elves or deer it's fine

  1. Rafael Picon's Avatar Rafael Picon

    As long as he's not messing with the Elves and deer

  1. James A. Ridings's Avatar James A. Ridings

    Santa has forever been the generic "Spirit of Giving!" It is a tragedy to sexualize him. He is a beloved character who is loved worldwide. He is married to Mrs. Claus. It is in all the newspapers. It is an abomination to link him with a man when the whole world knows he is a married man who loves all children enough to bring them gifts and who loves all children enough to teach them the joy of the "Spirit of Giving." Keep the gay issue to gays. Do NOT make him into a gay person! He is a beloved husband of a loving Mrs. Santa.
    Jim Arnie

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    Making someone gay, real person or character, is not right. If they wanted to show how being gay is a part of life, then simply have Santa walk in on a gay couple kissing. A smile and a nod would signify Santa's approval or acceptance. No harm, no foul.

  1. SisterVoicesSpeaking's Avatar SisterVoicesSpeaking

    Santa -- Satan Claus, To disrupt the true meaning of Christmas! The Claus or clause was to ensure no one celebrated the true meaning of the holiday. Fasting, giving, sharing! Reflection on the time of giving. Ask Santa for a wish!? I understand the American Christmas, This is the USA and it's entitled to traditions! Do we have to recreate everything! I'd say leave it the traditional way! That's how things become meaning less! Somethings should just be left to tradition. I was never allowed to believe in Santa. However to some kids it's hope and that is beautiful! Don't take that away from the kids over Political views or opinions!

  1. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

    Of course, why would it not be. Love is love.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Kirk, my god doesn't know anyone named Jesus? Who the hell are you talking about?

  1. Rev Ned's Avatar Rev Ned

    Why not? That said, I’m sure Taliban Christianity is against it.

    1. Frank Peter Guarino's Avatar Frank Peter Guarino

      Now that's funny🤣

  1. Frank Peter Guarino's Avatar Frank Peter Guarino

    I think I'm more disappointed in the fact that neither of these guys were good looking. There have been several different shapes, sizes, ages and more of Santas depicted throughout the years and this is definitely not one of the more attractive ones. With that being said, what do we really know about good ol' Saint Nick. Supposedly we only see the true one once a year and even then it's unlikely that you'll see him in person. People are automatically persecuting him for being a homosexual without knowing if he's been bisexual this whole time. What about the question of if him and Mrs. Claus have a monogamous relationship or not? This is just more proof that people want to jump to conclusions rather than research. If more people did the research then we would've been able to prevent many wrong moves such as internment camps and the current COVID mandates (currently the world is over 97% in recovery to total resolved cases).

    Let's open our minds people, there are many reasons why many of us only have one month, compared to the rest of our features (ie- eyes, ears, hands, etc.)

  1. Tami Lynn Holbury-Ferraro's Avatar Tami Lynn Holbury-Ferraro

    I believe in all inclusiveness. Whats good for one is good for all❤sexual orientation should not be a factor dismissed because it offends some.

  1. Tami Lynn Holbury-Ferraro's Avatar Tami Lynn Holbury-Ferraro

    I believe in all inclusiveness. Whats good for one is good for all❤sexual orientation should not be a factor dismissed because it offends some.

  1. Lady Celynia's Avatar Lady Celynia

    What was wrong with Santa and Mrs. Claus? I don’t see why they had to change? And to make it worse, they were not changed out of concern for any particular reason other than politics and wokism. It was all to prove to the general public that the producers of this ad are hip to the new political correctness climate.

    Gay men kissing is no biggie. It happens all the time. Getting rid of Mrs Claus by Santa cheating on her bothers me. It smacks of misogyny more than anything.

  1. Shango MasterExorcist, D.D.'s Avatar Shango MasterExorcist, D.D.

    Sexual orientation is one of the least important aspects of a person. Of far greater importance is what musical instrument they play. I would never want a flute playing Santa Claus (Saint Nicklaus) coming down my chimney. But Santa of the Double Bass? That is a real super hero.

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