Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore decided to stir things up a little bit yesterday when he posted the following meme to his Facebook page:
It’s a familiar meme that starts to recirculate every year once the Christmas season commences. It reads: “Rather than putting ‘Christ’ back in ‘Christmas,’ I’d settle for putting ‘Christ’ back in ‘Christians.’”
Although this wasn’t the first time this meme has been shared, the left-wing filmmaker received a strong reaction shortly after posting it, TheBlaze reported.
The post has accumulated almost 40,000 likes, 10,000 shares and around 1,000 comments.
Some of the commenters simply expressed their agreement with Moore:
“My neighbors go to church every Sunday but yet they harass everyone. Apparently this saying is so true: Going to Church doesn’t make you any more of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car,” one wrote.
“Atheists are more ‘Christian’ than a vast majority of so called Christians!” another wrote.
“I am a Christian, AND I completely endorse this message,” wrote another.
“Rather than putting Christ back in Christmas (He never left) how about we take Cheeto Jesus out of the White House,” one joked.
“God…please protect us from your followers,” one person added. “Because most of them are nothing like their Jesus.”
Yet, not everyone agreed with Moore. A few people voiced their opposition to the meme, and the sentiments shared by a majority of Moore’s followers.
One commenter explained the problem with the attacks on Christians expressed in the comments:
“The comments reflect persecution. And it is the only persecution tolerated in this country. It is not only anti-Catholicism, and anti-Christianity, it is anti-Semitism, and anti-religion … all religion. It is sick, hate filled, and dangerous. It is the open door to a totalitarian government, because only atheism can endure the activities of totalitarianism. What is happening on our border, for example, would not be tolerated by ANY faith, but only by the faithless.”
“I can both agree and disagree with this,” another user wrote. “There have been some atrocious thing done by so called Christians but there are also many doing fabulous work. You probably never hear about them because they wont blow their own trumpet. There is good and bad in all of us.”
This isn’t the first time Moore has said something controversial about Christianity. He is an advocate for socialist-style division of wealth and has argued that Christianity and socialism are synonymous.
As Faithwire reported, Moore recently claimed that Pope Francis told him that capitalism is a sin. The filmmaker argued that this is another reason that Christians should stay away from capitalism.
In 2016, in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Moore stated that Christianity and socialism are the “same thing,” using this to explain why Christians should vote for Hillary Clinton. When Matthews pointed out that Clinton wasn’t a socialist, Moore said, “She’s a Christian, so it’s the same thing.”
“It’s all about making sure everyone has a seat at the table and the pie is divided so that everybody gets a slice,” Moore added. “Isn’t that what Christianity is? That’s what she’s about.”