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Federal Government Bans Religious Ornaments for 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree
lifesitenews.com ^ | Sept. 30, 2009

Posted on 09/30/2009 9:32:49 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

PHOENIX, Arizona, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) called on Arizona state and federal officials on Monday to stop enforcing a requirement prohibiting the state's schoolchildren from expressing religious viewpoints through Christmas themes while decorating ornaments for the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree.

Arizona was chosen this year to present 4,000 handcrafted ornaments made by elementary, middle-school, and high-school students to decorate Washington, D.C.'s annual Christmas tree.

Guidelines for the ornaments include specifications for their size, weight, composition, and the directive that "Ornaments cannot reflect a religious or political theme… Instead share your interpretation of our theme 'Arizona's Gift, from the Grand Canyon State.'"

In a letter to federal and state officials, including Arizona Governor Janice Brewer, ADF attorneys demanded that they abandon the discrimination against religious viewpoints.

"Banning Christmas from the Capitol Christmas tree is just absurd. Christian students shouldn't be discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs," said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs.

"The First Amendment does not allow government officials to exclude schoolchildren's ornaments for the capitol's Christmas tree merely because they communicate a religious viewpoint."

(Excerpt) Read more at lifesitenews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; antichristmas; christmas; christmastree; firstamendment; pelosi

1 posted on 09/30/2009 9:32:49 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I posted about this last year he was gonna cancel Christmas


2 posted on 09/30/2009 9:36:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Federal government is waging undeclared and unrestricted warfare on

FUN!!!


3 posted on 09/30/2009 9:38:08 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Christmas is about Jesus?


4 posted on 09/30/2009 9:38:47 PM PDT by Rebelbase (This is the time of year when ACORNS fall.)
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To: GodGunsGuts

I think you mentioned the loss of common sense and reason in a thread somewhere yesterday?


5 posted on 09/30/2009 9:42:12 PM PDT by tpanther (Science was, is and will forever be a small subset of God's creation.)
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To: tpanther

“Ornaments cannot reflect a religious . . . theme”

OK. NO Christmas.

Better that than a secular “feel good” day.


6 posted on 09/30/2009 9:45:33 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They’ll just put pictures of 0bama on all of the ornaments, and replace the crosses with some sort of 0bama symbolism. Instead of traditional Christmas songs, the children can sing songs praising 0bama.

Problem solved...


7 posted on 09/30/2009 9:47:39 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why even have a Christmas tree???

maybe they should decorate it with figurines of all the terrorists they have let go.


8 posted on 09/30/2009 9:49:18 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Aw what a bummer!

I’ve been working in my garage on a 16 inch high middle finger digit raised ornament, with Zer0 printed across the wrist.

I guess to keep within the size gudelines, I’ll have to make it only 8 inches tall!

Ticks me off!


9 posted on 09/30/2009 9:49:51 PM PDT by aShepard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They could hang the hammer & sickle on their front door instead of a Christmas Wreath!

http://rlv.zcache.com/hammer_and_sickle_poster-p228120350941105032tdar_313.jpg


10 posted on 09/30/2009 9:54:24 PM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Under pressure and persecution, Christianity grows, not shrinks. We know the enemy, now get busy.


11 posted on 09/30/2009 9:56:09 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The government cannot limit the practice of religion or force anything like that.

Remembering why we had the people coming to the U. S. (to escape the tyranny of the British over issues including forced church laws.)


12 posted on 09/30/2009 10:00:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The White House will openly celebrate Ramadan. They're going to twist Christmas into some sort of cult adoration fest. Just like everything else when obama's involved. I'm sure these are approved decorations for the 'Xmas' tree.


13 posted on 09/30/2009 10:04:38 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

funny...now suppose we just started saying a Donkey is part of a Biblical religious theme so it should not be shown anywhere even during the year..Ya think the dimRATS might be offended ?....

And instead of a Cross we could decorate the tree with military medals and memorabilia—like the Croix de Guerre, the Purple Heart, a Silver Star, The Navy Cross,a barn with mangers where soldiers hid out, figures of a young couple—he in a uniform, holding a little baby..and little paper airplanes with some artwork on them..

Poor dimRAT fools...don’t they know we’ll get around every anti-Christmas rule they try and push through...


14 posted on 09/30/2009 10:11:48 PM PDT by billmor (As another Freeper said- the lines are drawn, choose your side !)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Woot for political correct Christmas...

The Founding Father’s would not recognize the America they established. How about a rolling over in their graves ping?


15 posted on 09/30/2009 10:20:56 PM PDT by cranked
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To: billmor

You are thinking creatively! This is exactly the way to go.


16 posted on 09/30/2009 10:23:21 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (The trouble with trouble is it starts out as Utopia)
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To: al baby
The 'Greenest' POTUS ever.


17 posted on 09/30/2009 10:40:48 PM PDT by 444Flyer ( "Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--Mignon McLaughlin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ornaments cannot reflect a religious or political theme… Instead share your interpretation of our theme ‘Arizona’s Gift, from the Grand Canyon State.’

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Interpretation of “Arizona’s Gift, from the Grand Canyon State” ???

Exactly WHAT the HELL does that mean ???

Ya think I could make a small diarama ornament depicting wetbacks illegally crossing the border from Mexico ???


18 posted on 09/30/2009 10:43:12 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This doesn’t surprise me. I thought when the tree came last year, that it would be the last real CHIRSTMAS tree there would be in the WH for a long while — or ever. I’m sure the decorations will not be the quality that the last 8 years have been.


19 posted on 09/30/2009 10:49:19 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Free ThinkerNY
from expressing religious viewpoints through CHRISTmas themes while decorating ornaments for the 2009 Capitol CHRISTmas Tree

Doesn't they realize how ridiculous that sounds?
20 posted on 09/30/2009 11:00:56 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Free ThinkerNY
???

It's a Christmas tree, isn't it?
For celebrating Christmas? You know... the birth of Christ?


21 posted on 09/30/2009 11:18:56 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Maybe the Obamas should have done some homework on the states before this years selection.

Guidelines for the ornaments include specifications for their size, weight, composition, and the directive that “Ornaments cannot reflect a religious or political theme… Instead share your interpretation of our theme ‘Arizona’s Gift, from the Grand Canyon State.’”

Each of these ornaments will also honor Arizona, using as a theme the state’s history, geography, or motto, “Ditat Deus,” which means “God Enriches.”

God does work in mysterious ways, will the Obamas ever ‘GET IT”...WE ARE A COUNTRY FOUNDED ON CHRISTIANITY” and there is NOTHING they can do about it.

22 posted on 09/30/2009 11:43:08 PM PDT by patlin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

here’s some more thoughts on this earlier today

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2351920/posts


23 posted on 09/30/2009 11:50:36 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: Free ThinkerNY

yet we had a ramadan celebration at the white house

at some point, people will just disregard this bull$hit and display what they wish.

they will pray when and how they wish in whatever manner they want. and the fedgov can shove it up their a$$ if they don’t like it.

please, bring me to court for singing Christmas carols around the neighborhood Christmas tree or for praying at a football game or neighborhood school.


24 posted on 09/30/2009 11:56:17 PM PDT by sten
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To: brushcop

I’m on it!


25 posted on 10/01/2009 6:28:02 AM PDT by fml
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To: fml

And I’m with you.


26 posted on 10/01/2009 7:43:37 AM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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