An Open Letter on Cancerous Christmas Sentiment

This will be my most out of the ordinary post since beginning my blog, but I’m more than a bit angry and frustrated with how more and more people are deceiving themselves and disillusioning as many others as they can take down with them in their own misery under the veil of “political correctness.”

I will refer you to the email alert I received today from the American Family Association (AFA) regarding what’s taken place this week in a South Carolina cancer care facility by the name of Hollings Cancer Center. In its attempts to turn down the volume of public outcry for nixing “Santa” this year, they’ve now reversed that decision. Santa will be back, but the powers that be at Hollings aren’t gonna budge on their cease and desist on any holiday decorations that even hint at religion. You can read the entire Fox News report here.

Nativity sets like this one won't be allowed this year at Hollings Cancer Center in South Carolina

That’s where  AFA comes in. I like to keep tabs on this organization; I think they communicate worthwhile, family-centered and faith-focused information. So I get their emails, and this one just kinda put me over the top. AFA provided language to respond to the “shock” of Hollings Bah, Humbug! sentiment and the info to contact the center’s director, Dr. Andrew Kraft. So I did. And I’ll share it here, although I opted for writing my own response; with all the hate and lost souls in this world, I am not shocked about this most recent debacle in growing attempts to un-Christmas Christmas (but thanks AFA for giving me the jumping off point).

This is an “open letter,” so if the Spirit moves you, please feel free to circulate, post, tweet or resend:

Dear Dr. Kraft:

I am NOT shocked that Hollings Cancer Center has a total Grinch-like perspective on Christmas that you feel the need to ban all religious symbols from your facilities during the Christmas/Advent/Hanukkah seasons. I’d throw Kwanza into the mix too, but that smacks of being too “commercial,” as you state it (via a spokesperson).

Regardless of this being a difficult time of the year for patients and their families who fight so much negativity and depressive moments in their days, you are right to cancel Christmas. It’s been proved that allowing nativity scenes and other Christian symbols is bad medicine.

I’m sure that you and the rest of your staff grew up in households where Christmas was frowned upon. Heck, you probably didn’t even look forward to Christmas or even the possibility of Santa Claus because that, I’m sure, you probably thought (even during your formative years) would have been just too hard to wrap your head around. Christmas?? Who needs that! Yep, I’ll bet that’s just how it was for you growing up. And now, it’s even more diabolical with the continued association of Christ the Savior with Christmas. I mean, how dare people try to link the two, let alone celebrate the season! Those awful, deviant Christians interfering with our bleak Decembers! No, thank you!

Your patients are lucky to have you. Thank goodness you’ve stepped in in the (Saint) Nick of time with your political correctness and are cracking down on any type of silly jolliness or celebration in your facility. Lives will certainly be more joyous, more hopeful, and more fulfilling without any mention of the reason for the season, or any hint  of merriment. Thank goodness you’ve come to their rescue—their holidays would have been ruined without your timely intervention.

Ahem…Dr. Kraft, Puh-leez!! Get over yourself/yourselves and get on track with providing the type of nourishing and sustaining environment these patients and their families need and deserve. For those in your care who believe and take Christ and his message of hope seriously—even if it’s not everyone—seeing reminders of the Great Physician during their stay at your center may ultimately be the best medicine for all. You might even want to try some, especially if you’ve forgotten the lift in your spirit that comes at this time of year, even in such a fallen world.


Christine Conard Shultz, PA


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