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Atheists edge out Christians in free-speech battle
The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2010 | Robert McCartney

Posted on 12/17/2010 10:23:20 AM PST by Baladas

In ancient Rome, the contest was Christians vs. lions. In Loudoun County today, it's Christians vs. atheists.

This year, the atheists came out on top.

Unlike in Rome, neither side ate the other. But the passions still run strong in what's becoming an annual competition each December for 10 precious spots on the lawn of the historic county courthouse in Leesburg, where the rivals get a chance to publicly promote their philosophies.

One side celebrates the birth of Jesus with Nativity scenes and a Christmas tree. The other marks the winter solstice with banners and signs praising reason, denouncing religion as superstition and, in one case, quoting from "Star Wars." (A plan to explicitly endorse the Jedi faith was scrapped on grounds it was too inflammatory.)

Selection is done strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, the atheists grabbed an early lead. They submitted four applications in July, before the Christians realized they were behind and finally put in for a creche in August.

The atheists ended up with six out of 10 positions on the lawn, including the most visible location at King and Market streets. A weather-beaten Nativity scene has filled that spot for at least four decades. This year, it'll be occupied instead by a banner reading, "Celebrating our Constitution: Keeping Church and State Separate since 1787."

When I first heard about this symbolic tug-of-war, I was offended by the indignity of it. Wouldn't a duel between Christmas symbols and atheists' statements spoil the atmosphere in the cozy town that's the seat of government for the nation's richest county?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: arheism; christmas; secularism; waronchristmas
Whoop-de-doo, these miserable atheists got six out of ten spots on the law for a holiday they don't even believe in, they just don't want others to believe in Christmas either. Color me unimpressed.
1 posted on 12/17/2010 10:23:25 AM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas

How much you wanna bet these atheists will say that silent prayer on their deathbed?


2 posted on 12/17/2010 10:24:35 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Baladas
Atheists might be more convincing if they focused more on a consistent application of their philosophy and less on sticking their finger exclusively in Christians’ eyes.
3 posted on 12/17/2010 10:26:12 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Baladas

Wonder if these atheists have the stones to poke and prod Muslims the same way they do Christians? I’m guessing not...for obvious reasons.

}:-)4


4 posted on 12/17/2010 10:30:31 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: skeeter

1787?


5 posted on 12/17/2010 10:30:44 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Baladas

Real atheists wouldn’t care anything at all about Christmas or winter solstice or whatever you want to call it. These guys are just mean-spirited jerks. I mean, just listen to atheists... they never shut up about their unproven theology, they are arrogant and insulting and proselytize far more loudly and rudely than even JWs.


6 posted on 12/17/2010 10:30:51 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Baladas

Perhaps they ought to switch to some type of lotto to determine who gets to put up displays as opposed to the unfair reality of a first come first serve system.


7 posted on 12/17/2010 10:31:52 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: skeeter
The sticking-a-finger-in-the-eye of Christians thing is the best part of atheism. That's the initial attraction for a lot of atheists. It gets their foot in the door of this new faith, and then they start to realize that there is a potential cost to their fun little game of tweak-the-Christian and they end up having to compensate by going whole hog into an alternate religious system:

With every fiber of their being, atheists believe that God is not real. They hold on to this belief with great fear and trembling because if they are wrong, they know they are in trouble.

8 posted on 12/17/2010 10:32:42 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: massgopguy
Constitution signed.

But their interpretation of the seperations clause is somewhat more recent.

9 posted on 12/17/2010 10:34:19 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Baladas

Shutup


10 posted on 12/17/2010 10:34:46 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Baladas
Doncha luv how McCartney is bloating over the fact that atheists won out? What miserable scum that rag hires.
11 posted on 12/17/2010 10:35:33 AM PST by newfrpr04 (Don)
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To: trumandogz

Maybe they didn’t expect to find athiests in line ahead of them at a christmas event? Nah, that wouldn’t be it.


12 posted on 12/17/2010 10:36:56 AM PST by skeeter
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To: ClearCase_guy
And in this instance if they get caught going to and from their cars they might find that it's the middle of the night and they have NO VALVE CORES.

Not that I advocate such a thing, but I've known it to be done, and in those early morning hours, when it's been snowing, and you're all alone out there looking at 4 flat tires, you are SOL. It'll be 5:30 AM before the tow truck gets there.

13 posted on 12/17/2010 10:37:02 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: skeeter

Or simple Procrastination.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 10:57:49 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: Baladas

In most cases they are anti-theists as they go beyond their own disbelief into angry condemnations of others.


15 posted on 12/17/2010 10:59:31 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Baladas

It only goes to show that Atheism is a religious movement, and that it is engaged in evangelizing their faith to others.


16 posted on 12/17/2010 11:05:51 AM PST by Nosterrex
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To: Baladas
"They have a right to have their [atheist] displays,

No, they don't. Atheist displays are just "fighting words," and therefore are not protected by the First Amendment. Nor, while we're at it, are pornography or treason.

Tear 'em down.

17 posted on 12/17/2010 11:10:07 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: Moose4

Exactly. I am sure they are on they way to Dearborn, Michigan as we speak to protest the call to prayer, etc. I am holding my breath...


18 posted on 12/17/2010 11:23:39 AM PST by Tulane
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To: SamuraiScot

For some reason, an atheist message can not challenge my faith or thus offend me.


19 posted on 12/17/2010 12:06:55 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Baladas
Whatever, athiests.
20 posted on 12/17/2010 12:09:36 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: Baladas

How LIBERALS stole Christmas, Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday Link

21 posted on 12/17/2010 3:48:25 PM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: struggle

I’d be willing to bet all of them.


22 posted on 12/17/2010 3:50:35 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
With every fiber of their being, atheists believe that God is not real.

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It may seem that way, but if they really believed in atheism, I doubt they'd have to make such a stink about it.

Imho, they have the emotional maturity of a teenager who is rebelling against his or her father, in this case, God the Father.

23 posted on 12/17/2010 3:54:52 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Exactly, religion defines them.

Freegards


24 posted on 12/17/2010 3:58:02 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

Agreed. :)


25 posted on 12/17/2010 4:02:49 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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