In a stunning turn of events, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) has taken a firm stand against what he deems a blasphemous display of a “satanic” Christmas tree at a local railroad museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The outspoken Republican representative didn’t mince words as he criticized the museum for its decision to showcase an anti-Christian exhibit and its tepid response to public outcry.
Gallagher, a staunch Christian, expressed his deep offense at the display, emphasizing the importance of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. He went so far as to draw a provocative comparison, equating the satanic tree to a hypothetical display of a Hamas flag inside a synagogue, underscoring the gravity of the situation. “It’s impossible to overstate how offensive this is to Christians,” Gallagher declared. “It’s just absolutely crazy that we would allow this to happen.”
The controversial tree, erected by the Satanic Temple Wisconsin, is adorned with satanic iconography and ornaments reading “Hail Santa!” The exhibit is just one of several displayed at the National Railroad Museum until the end of December. Another tree, themed around transgender issues, has also stirred debate with its decorations of trans flags and messages advocating for the protection of transgender children.
Jacqueline Frank, CEO of the National Railroad Museum, defended the decision to host these Christmas trees, citing a commitment to inclusivity and nondiscrimination. “We believe that everybody should be included regardless of their religious group or affiliation,” Frank asserted. “Since we’re not a religious group ourselves, we’re going to allow anyone who wants to take part.”
Gallagher scoffed at the museum’s claim that the satanic tree is an “educational opportunity,” branding it as “ridiculous.” He announced that he would no longer bring his children to museum events, expressing concern about their exposure to such displays. “I don’t want them to be surrounded by satanic trees. The whole thing is absurd,” Gallagher explained.
For many conservative parents like Gallagher, the controversy underscores their efforts to defend cherished traditions from what they see as the encroachment of “woke ideology” and cultural propaganda. Gallagher pointed out that this issue isn’t confined to liberal-leaning regions; it’s spreading across the nation, even into the heartland. “I thought that Northeast Wisconsin was at least immune to something that you might see in New York or California, but we need to be vigilant as parents,” he cautioned.
As Gallagher’s experience highlights, traditional values in American culture appear to be under increasing scrutiny and attack. In a timely perspective, famous Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure weighed in on the broader culture war, emphasizing the importance of biblical parenting. “We’re definitely in a time of a culture war,” she noted. “The best thing that any of us can do as parents is to be consistent, walk our walk, and lead by example, not just talk the talk.”
In an era of shifting cultural norms and deepening ideological divides, the debate over the Christmas tree display in Green Bay serves as a microcosm of the larger struggle for the soul of American traditions and values.