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CHATTANOOGA: City disallows live Nativity
AP via KnoxNews ^ | 10/18/7

Posted on 10/18/2007 7:29:01 AM PDT by SmithL

CHATTANOOGA - A live Nativity scene that has been part of Chattanooga's annual Grand Illumination has been scrapped.

Chattanooga Downtown Partnership executive director Carla Pritchard says the representation of the birth of Jesus Christ was eliminated after several people complained.

The Partnership receives funding from the city.

The illumination event takes place the day after Thanksgiving and begins the holiday shopping season and the downtown Winter Days & Lights event.

The Nativity had been performed since the 1980s by First Baptist Church of Soddy-Daisy.

Church pastor Dr. Seton Tomyn says the decision is disappointing, but understands diverse cultures are part of the city.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: antichristian; antichristianity; chattanooga; christmas; grinchstolechristmas; nativity

1 posted on 10/18/2007 7:29:08 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

My advice for Chattanoogans to shop elsewhere this year. Then, let the city consider its lost tax revenues a bit.


2 posted on 10/18/2007 7:34:06 AM PDT by MoMagic
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To: SmithL
However, the live depiction of Mohammad, copulating with his first goat will be held at 10pm on the city hall lawn.
3 posted on 10/18/2007 7:36:01 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SmithL
after several people complained.

What about the majority, whatever happened to majority rule? What is this, dictatorship by a tiny vocal minority? The majority need to fill the streets and let out a roar that will never be ignored again.

4 posted on 10/18/2007 7:38:32 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: SmithL

Big Deal there is a very simple solution they said they had several complaints so get more Chattanooga’s too complain about this choice and make it clear when election time comes around your vote can easily go to the ones who voted to retain it.


5 posted on 10/18/2007 7:44:08 AM PDT by Shots
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To: TexasRepublic
Let the complainers stand up and be counted otherwise STFU. Let the church put it on without city funding. get an address and I’m sure we can raise a hell of a lot more money than the city was giving them.
6 posted on 10/18/2007 7:46:35 AM PDT by snowman1
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To: TexasRepublic

Majority rule works for some elections (not President, as we all know). Beyond that, things get more complex.

For example, I suspect there are communities where the majority of people would like to ban guns.

Do you think they should be able to?

I didn’t think so.


7 posted on 10/18/2007 7:47:23 AM PDT by Air Force Brat
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To: SmithL

Pretty ironic, given the huge Civil War connection with this town.

My wife and I vacationed for a few days there. Stayed at the train station rebuilt as a hotel. Had a very good time, but the fact is the town is small, and rather drab.

Nice people though.

I just can’t get my mind wrapped around this particular city doing this, given its history.


8 posted on 10/18/2007 7:49:40 AM PDT by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: Badeye
"I just can’t get my mind wrapped around this particular city doing this, given its history."

I thought the same thing when I saw the headline...
9 posted on 10/18/2007 7:58:31 AM PDT by phs3 (If you call a terrorist a freedom fighter, I call you the enemy.)
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To: phs3

Right. Christmas is about a ‘winter festival’,
and God sent his Son into the world with the good news of, “Seasons’ Greetings!”


10 posted on 10/18/2007 8:01:44 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: SmithL

So do it separate from the city-supported event.


11 posted on 10/18/2007 8:02:09 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: SmithL

They should’ve have posed with sex toys and worn leather gear like in San Fransicko. That city had no problem funding an anti-Christian event.

The State that is prohibited from supporting my faith is also prohibited from denouncing it.


12 posted on 10/18/2007 8:02:26 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SmithL; All
I tried to phone Ms. Pritchard to express my disgust at her decision but her phone has been disconnected.

However her email is: cpritchard@thecdp.org

I sent her an email and phoned the Mayor’s office: 423-757-5152 and was told they had been getting A LOT of phone calls over this situation.

Keep of the heat up FREEPERS!

13 posted on 10/18/2007 8:03:33 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Liberals work to make people victims in order to enslave them.)
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To: SmithL
...the representation of the birth of Jesus Christ was eliminated after several people complained.

I complained about the 'greening' of the Empire State Building. A fat lot of good that did me.

The few people need to literally go to hell! The City of Chattanooga needs to be boycotted for at least a decade!

14 posted on 10/18/2007 8:06:04 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: proudofthesouth

I sent an email to the pastor at setontomyn@hotmail.com admonishing him not to give up but rather rally a few thousand Christians in a counter protest. Christian Soldiers, Arise! Or else perish.


15 posted on 10/18/2007 8:07:58 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: SmithL
...Dr. Seton Tomyn says the decision is disappointing, but understands diverse cultures are part of the city.

If he understands tossing out Christ at Christmas as appeasing 'diverse cultures' he deserves to lose his congregation!

What a wimp!

16 posted on 10/18/2007 8:08:04 AM PDT by fweingart (Tom Tancredo Will Get The Job Done! (How is Mumia Abu-Jamal these days?))
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To: MoMagic
Church pastor Dr. Seton Tomyn says the decision is disappointing, but understands diverse cultures are part of the city.

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I always wonder about pastors with PHD’s.

What an absolute coward to give into the city with out a fight.

17 posted on 10/18/2007 8:08:45 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: SmithL

The war on Christmas continues this year. Its time for Christians to stand up and be as demanding as anti Christians have been. Become militant, become demanding, become a pain in the backside of public officials who cave to atheists and others who just look their way and get results. Let them know you will not sit by and allow symbols of Christianity to be torn away without a major fight. Otherwise, there will soon be nothing left.


18 posted on 10/18/2007 8:12:48 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Badeye
but the fact is the town is small, and rather drab.

If you think 'Noogaville is drab now, you should have seen it in the '80's before they started rebuilding the riverfront. It was just a dirty little mill town then and NOBODY went downtown after dark. By comparison, today it's a nice place to step out on the town without too much worry about being thumped on the head for your wallet.....

19 posted on 10/18/2007 8:15:48 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Thinking of voting Democrat? Wake up and smell the Socialism!)
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To: SmithL

1. Tennessee? Oh, good grief.

2. “...was eliminated after several people complained.”? Okay. Will it be REINSTATED “after several people complain”?


20 posted on 10/18/2007 8:18:04 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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“Diverse cultures” my foot. Anyone—Jew, Muslim or Hindu--who decides to move to Chattanooga knows the great majority of the people there are Christians. And have been since the city’s founding. If people don’t like Christians, they can move to Brooklyn or Dearborn.

What kind of bigot is it that objects to a Christmas display? Who are these bigots? Can’t we know their names and their rationale? And why is it that the sensitivities of anti-Christian bigots are honored? No one seems to care about the sensitivities of believing Christians, who see their faith relentlessly mocked and ridiculed on TV, in the movies and in the popular culture.

21 posted on 10/18/2007 8:20:20 AM PDT by Godwin1
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To: MoMagic

Yep.

I don’t think this will play well, given the region’s known bible belters.


22 posted on 10/18/2007 8:21:11 AM PDT by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: fweingart
The few people need to literally go to hell! The City of Chattanooga needs to be boycotted for at least a decade!

I sincerely hope that you are true to your word. For at least a decade.

23 posted on 10/18/2007 8:23:57 AM PDT by atlaw
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To: MoMagic
My advice for Chattanoogans to shop elsewhere this year.

The sales tax should be lower across the line in Georgia. Looks like Chattanooga is 9.25% (Local rate PDF file: http://www.tennessee.gov/revenue/pubs/taxlist.pdf ) Looks like the Ga suburbs would be 7% http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/salestax/salestaxrates/LGS_2007_Oct_Rate_Chart_Moore_rates_07.pdf

24 posted on 10/18/2007 8:34:13 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: SmithL

I’ve had one foot in Chattanooga and one foot in NC for more than a year now. I’m always bragging about what a wonderful place Chattanooga is to live and work. I certainly found it a good place to raise my kids.

Maybe its time I sell the house and settle in NC more whole-heartedly.


25 posted on 10/18/2007 1:05:16 PM PDT by Roses0508
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To: phs3
I cannot believe that some people actually complained about this. I would like to know what they actually said to have this city scrap such a peaceful loving thing as the birth of Christ. what next no easter services?
26 posted on 11/06/2007 12:19:04 AM PST by My dad was in ww ll
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