Letter to the editor

Posted: December 18, 2013

Not ‘verifiable’

I was disappointed in the short note on the editorial page of Dec. 16. The Star chose to try to support Megyn Kelly after her gaffe. To quote Ms. Kelly: “Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”

The term Ms. Kelly used, “verifiable fact,” is just off. Santa is mostly a secular image created as we know him by Thomas Nast and others in the 19th century, so his color and appearance can vary with culture and artist. St. Nicholas, a Greek figure who is the historical basis of Santa, most likely was not white, but is certainly not “verifiable” anything.

But, as a Christian, I was much more concerned about her statement about Christ. In all likelihood, Christ was not white, but since his skin color is never mentioned, there is nothing verifiable about this at all. So her statement is false at all levels.

If the same statement or a similar one had been made in the “mainstream media,” you would have launched an attack (along with Fox News) until you got an apology or something. But since Megyn Kelly is on Fox, she needs to be defended, even when her statement is not a “verifiable fact.” I had hoped The Star was above that and capable of independent thought. I guess not.

Harry Holloway

Winchester