Clown Award: City Councilor Bud Williams of Springfield, MA
Our second winner of the Big Red Nose this week is City Councilor Bud Williams of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Last month, he was together with about 150 people, including some other town officials, in Court Square in Springfield to participate in a traditional holiday seasonal event in town, one going on for about 35 years now.
In his remarks to all present, Williams declared that "Jesus is the reason for the season." Which, as I pointed out on my show about why Christmas is on December 25, he isn't and never was: The "season" was about celebrating the winter solstice, a tradition which long pre-dates Christianity.
But that doesn't make him a clown, merely uninformed. No, he wins the Big Red Nose this week because the Springfield tradition involved, the occasion for him to declare in what he called a "positive" contribution to the service that "Jesus is the reason for the season," was the lighting of a menorah to mark the start of Hannukah.
That is some powerful stupid.
The thing I'm positive about is that Bud Williams is a clown.
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