The meme is not an unfamiliar one this time of year: "Rather than putting 'Christ' back in 'Christmas,' I'd settle for putting 'Christ' back in 'Christians.'"
But when the likes of left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore puts the meme on his Facebook page — in front of his 2.3 million followers — it elicits a bit more of a reaction.
Sure enough, Moore's Monday night post drew more than 33,000 likes and loves and over 900 comments as of Tuesday morning — and at first glance the written responses to his post appeared way harsher than the meme itself.
Here's a sampling:
- "It will be a better world when Christianity is just a historical memory."
- "Discovered many years ago that I was far more Christian in deeds than anyone I knew that went to church. In fact I knew many church Christians who were horrible people that I could never associate with. Gun-toting, hate-mongering, racist placard-carrying, white-privileged, self-professed Christians that do not resemble any follower of Christ that I want to associate with. I like my brand better of Christian better."
- "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."
- "Atheists are more 'Christian' than a vast majority of so called Christians!"
- "I’d rather take religion out of everything."
- "I am a Christian, AND I completely endorse this message."
- "I’m an atheist, and I’m a better CHRISTIAN than these people."
- "People don’t need Christ to do the right thing."
- "I've been saying for about two years now that it is a strange event when I, an atheist, seem to have more respect for Christianity than GOP Christians do."
But not every commenter endorsed Moore's meme: "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."
What else has Moore said about Christianity?
Just prior to the 2016 presidential election, Moore said Christianity and socialism are the "same thing" during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Defending his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton, Moore noted that millions of young people "favor socialism over capitalism.”
But when Matthews pointed out that “Hillary’s not a socialist,” Moore responded that "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.”
Following Donald Trump's election, Moore made another declaration to Christians in the face of reports — many of which were found to be hoaxes — of an uptick in attacks against minorities and women: "Do not call yourself a Christian if you are not willing, literally, to put your body in front of whoever is coming to hurt the other — the people who are not you."
And after Moore managed an audience with Pope Francis in October, the filmmaker gave the lowdown on what they chatted about during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."
"And I said, 'Do you believe that an economic system that benefits the few, the wealthy at the expense of the many is a sin?'" Moore recounted. "He said to me, 'Si' in Italian. And I said, 'So you believe capitalism, the capitalism we have now is a sin?' He goes, 'Yes, it is.' He said, 'The poor must always come first.'"