Skip to comments.Parade prohibition puzzles preacher
Posted on 12/01/2004 3:43:57 PM PST by FredZarguna
If groups celebrating American Indian holy people, German culture and the Chinese New Year can march in the city's Parade of Lights, why can't a Christian group march to celebrate Christmas?
That's just one of the questions bothering prominent Denver-area Pastor George Morrison.
He said he was barred from participating in the parade because his multicultural church group wanted its Christian-themed float to feature traditional yuletide hymns and a "Merry Christmas" message.
"It's a little confusing to me," said Morrison, pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, one of the region's largest evangelical churches, with more than 4,000 worshippers.
"Here we have this holiday, Christmas, approaching, and Parade of Lights is suddenly changed into something where you can't even sing a Christmas song?"
But the parade does not allow "direct religious themes," said spokesman Michael Krikorian. That includes "Merry Christmas" signs and the singing or playing of traditional Christmas hymns. He added that the rules were spelled out when Morrison's intermediary called last spring to inquire about contributing a float.
"We want to avoid that specific religious message out of respect for other religions in the region," Krikorian said. "It could be construed as disrespectful to other people who enjoy a parade each year."
The one-hour parade, which is celebrating its 30th year this Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Denver, features elaborate floats with holiday symbols such as Santa Claus and gingerbread houses, plus an "international procession" of cultural groups.
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Tolerance does not apply to Christians.
Would they ban a gay parade because it offended Christians? No way. The usual liberal, hypocritical, anti-Christian BS.
Someone should send this to O'Reilly and Hannity.
This is all gonna end badly, I tell you.
I am thankful we live in a town that has a Christmas Parade!
When the Chinese pray in Mandarin and the Muslims sing their hymns in Arabic, these anti-Christian bigots won't understand what they're hearing, and think they're at EPCOT Center! But let Anglophonic Christians try this in English, and the useful idiot thought police are out to turn them in. And so the multicultural welfare state continues to run cover for bigotry and persecussion against European Americans, esp. if they're unlucky enough to be Christians and into free speech.
And civic leaders wonder why no one shows up for these events anymore? Next they'll be telling us we can't carry a flag in the 4th of July parade so that we don't offend or illegal "guest workers". Krikorian and whoever he works for are idiots. Good luck to anyone who has to live with this dork!
Unless, of course, you aren't really interested in diversity at all, but rather, in destroying the cultural identity of your enemy.
Yeah us too, it may be long and boring but it is our CHRISTMAS Parade not some stoopid festival of (wtf) lights...?
That's already happened, right after 9/11 of all times. For example.
This is almost beyond parody. Do liberals have a clue how utterly transparent their bigotry is?
Jesus Christ....the reason for the season. Also remember to say "Merry Christmas" when you meet or greet people.
I never go to community tree lightings, or Girl Scout carollings any more, or school holiday concerts. I cannot begin to say how loathesome "Here comes Santa Claus" is.
One year when I feel energetic I might try to reserve the town park for Christmas Christian Christmas carolling. See how many people come.
God Bless them... the organizers are lucky not to be facing a lawsuit - which is really what needs to happen to preserve Christian rights!
"Happy Birthday, Jesus" by Donald Arey, Sr.
I had a birthday party, most everybody came.
They danced and ate and had a ball, But no one spoke My name.
They gave each other presents, as nice as they could be.
People came from far and near, But no one mentioned Me.
The stores were filled with shoppers, The restaurants crowded out,
But no one seemed to really know what the party was about.
They talked about a reindeer. I think Rudolph was his name.
Then someone mentioned "Jesus", And they hung their heads in shame.
You see, it was My birthday. They didn't even know.
That is why from heaven My heart is grieving so.
I came to earth from heaven on that first Christmas day--
Born in a lowly manger From sin to show the way.
I died one day on Calvary, on a cruel Roman cross
To save a world of sinners from a life of awful loss.
When you next have a party, with presents, friends and tree,
Remember Me, your Savior, whose birth has set you free.PS: I am coming again soon.
Yep...They did it to the fire department up in Berkley right after 9.11 too... It is a shame that people will let the leftist goon squads sue them into submission... The left found the one weapon the can use effectivly the courts. That tips the scales unfairly, because what power do I the common man have against a Group like the ACLU that has "unlimited resources"... All the more reasons for Tort reform and and overhaul of the Judical system.
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