Cricut is a project from the National Review Online, a blog about conservative ideas and values, and the project aims to “discuss and debunk some of the most ridiculous ideas in American politics” and promote “the truth of the American gospel.”
Its site has been suspended since March and the authors of the project have been told they will no longer be welcome.
The project, which includes a Christmas card to every American household, has been denounced as a “pander” for a religion that believes in the idea that Christmas is the most important holiday of the year.
The project’s author and fellow blogger, Charles Johnson, is an associate editor at the National Journal, where he has written about a variety of topics including the origins of the United States, the Civil War, and a host of other topics.
The article he published in the magazine was written in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, in which the GOP nominee, Donald Trump, won the presidency.
The article featured the author saying: “I believe that the greatest gift of the season, which is to be born in a year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, is to have Christmas.
That’s what we celebrate and that’s what the holiday should be about.”
The author also claimed: “Christ’s birthday should be celebrated with a special kind of celebration that celebrates the power of Christmas and celebrates the significance of Christmas.”
He then quoted scripture and argued that Christians should celebrate the birthday of Jesus in a way that is “simplistic” and “easy to understand.”
The project is currently under fire for being “a bait-and-switch” attempt to create an “entirely new” holiday that appeals to people who might not otherwise have religious beliefs.
In its Facebook post, Cricuts founder Alex Pfeiffer said that the project was a “crisis of the spirit.”
“I don’t think it is any accident that Christmas, which has always been a religious holiday, has become so much of a ‘pander’ for a brand of Christianity,” Pfeiffser wrote.
“It is a distraction from the truth, and it is a desperate attempt to distract attention from the fact that it is time to end the Christmas rush.”
Pfeiffers project, titled The Christmas Project, was started as an attempt to bring together the various strands of the conservative movement, including the Family Research Council and American Family Association, in order to “expose the hypocrisy of some Christian fundamentalists” and help them “discover a way to reconnect with Christian values.”
“What I see as a huge problem in our culture right now is that it’s all a bunch of marketing,” Pseiffers Facebook post said.
“There are no real values.
There are no genuine, hard-hitting, true ideas.
All that’s there are these ‘values’ and they’re just so broad and so easy to get to.””
What is happening in this country today is that the American Christian faith has become an opportunity for a very small group of people to use the Christian faith to peddle a bunch and get away with a bunch.”
Johnson and Pfeifer, along with former Breitbart News CEO and Trump surrogate Milo Yiannopoulos, are also the co-founders of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which promotes and hosts conferences across the country in order “to discuss and debunk ideas that run counter to conservative principles.”
The christmas cards that are currently available on CricUT’s website are meant to be a “Christmas gift” to Americans, which Pfeffer said is “the kind of thing that is going to be easy to ignore and that is the kind of product that is being promoted by these Christian fundamentalist extremists who think that Jesus is the real savior of the world.”
Pfeffer also claimed that the cards will not be available for sale on Amazon.com, where the company does not allow religious messages in its products.
Johnson and other Cricuto authors say that they have been contacted by “an extraordinary number of people” who want the cards to be available in their stores and have written to the company offering to make the cards available for purchase.
“It’s a shame that this is happening, because it’s a beautiful gift and it’s so wonderful,” PFeiffer wrote in his Facebook post.
“We have to take the time to be careful not to allow Christian fundamentalism to take over Christmas.”