Barbara Walters recently criticized a Christmas card she received from the White House this year for featuring a seven-line scripture from the Bible.
The card, signed by the President and Mrs. Bush, was among a small stack of Christmas cards showcased by Walters on last Thursdayâ€™s episode of ABCâ€™s â€œThe View.â€
â€œUsually in the past when I have received a Christmas card, it’s been ‘Happy Holidays’ and so on,â€ said Walters.
But the veteran anchor expressed dismay that President Bush and the First Lady would send out a â€œreligious Christmas cardâ€ with a direct Bible verse from the Old Testament printed inside:
â€œYou alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.â€
After reading the scriptural message of the card, Walters asked in a critical tone, “Does this also go to agnostics, and atheists, and Muslims?”
“Don’t you think it’s a little interesting,â€ continued Walters in her questioning, â€œthat the president of all the people is sending out a religious Christmas card?”
The card, which was paid for by the Republican National Committee, closes: â€œMay the joy of all creation fill your heart this blessed season 2007.â€