Fox News’ Tucker Carlson unleashed over the torching of his TV network’s Christmas tree on Wednesday, calling the act an “attack on Christianity” and an “assault on religious observance.”
“A Christmas tree is a symbol. It’s a symbol of a specific culture,” he said on the Wednesday episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “It’s a symbol of a much-loved tradition that is hundreds of years old. But above all, it’s a symbol of a religion, in this case the world’s largest.”
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From there, Carlson broke down his belief that the burning of the tree — an act for which authorities issued an arrest — is a strike against faith.
“Torching Christmas trees is an attack on Christianity, obviously. It’s an assault on religious observance,” he said. “By current standards, destroying someone’s religious symbol would be called a hate crime.”
Watch Carlson break down his views:
A Christmas tree is a symbol. It’s a symbol of a specific culture. It’s a symbol of a much-loved tradition that’s hundreds of years old. Above all, it’s a symbol of a religion, the world’s largest. Torching Christmas trees is an attack on Christianity. pic.twitter.com/enFRpnT0mQ— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 9, 2021
The Fox News host added his contention that the U.S. Department of Justice doesn’t care about events like this, despite tracking assaults against other religions.
“The DOJ can tell you precisely how many Qurans were burned last year in the United States, but they don’t keep track of Christmas trees,” he said. “Why is that? Well, because they could care less.”
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in memo to staffers: “We will not let this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice deter us. We are in the process of rebuilding and installing a new tree as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark moment like this…” pic.twitter.com/1Gsr1AeeKX— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 8, 2021
As Faithwire previously reported, police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly set fire to the Christmas tree outside the News Corporation building in New York City.
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott has pledged a new tree will replace the original as early as Thursday, with the lighting once again being televised.
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