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Courthouse Nativity Scene Draws Fire
The Athens Review ^ | December 6, 2011 | Rich Flowers

Posted on 12/17/2011 8:07:44 AM PST by Churchjack

Athens — The nativity scene on the southeast corner of the Henderson County Courthouse lawn has drawn a protest in the form of a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization based in Madison, Wis.

The scene, which has been displayed at the location since the 2008 season, is placed there each year by Keep Athens Beautiful...(snip)

...The letter, dated Dec. 1, was addressed to the County Commissioners from Stephanie Schmidt, Staff Attorney for the Foundation. It begins:

“I am writing on behalf of a concerned area resident and taxpayer, as well as other Texas members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who object to the erection of a nativity scene on Henderson County property.”

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: militantatheism; religion; waronchristmas
I'm sure the group wrote the letter fishing for a local objector. Or else the recent PR campaign by atheist groups was intended to this end, to establish a national network for lawyering harrassments. This really perturbs me.
1 posted on 12/17/2011 8:07:45 AM PST by Churchjack
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To: Churchjack

My fervent hope is to see these people and people like them at the Final Judgement when G-d tells them to depart from Him, Workers of inequity. But then, maybe not, seeing the look on their faces when He expels them from His sight and His Kingdom.


2 posted on 12/17/2011 8:15:20 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Churchjack

The reply letter should be simple:

“Dear So-and-So,

This is TEXAS. We’ll do what we want. Go sit on a cactus.

Don’t like it? Move.

Merry Christmas”


3 posted on 12/17/2011 8:17:27 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."-Frank Zappa)
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To: Churchjack

Funny how atheists are so bothered by a ‘mythological’ display. It should trouble them no more than a unicorn statue. And exactly how does a Nativity scene on government grounds equate to the state establishing a religion? It isn’t that these people disbelieve in God, they hate God.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 8:19:31 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: hoagy62

I’d pitch in to buy the “concerned local resident and taxpayer” a ticket to North Korea for a couple of weeks. Shouldn’t be any danger of seeing anything there to offend him or her.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 8:30:49 AM PST by susannah59
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To: Churchjack

Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization based in Madison, Wis.

Okay, they just made my Christmas card list.


6 posted on 12/17/2011 8:32:25 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Right Brother

“And exactly how does a Nativity scene on government grounds equate to the state establishing a religion?”

Equating the display of religious scenes on courthouse grounds with the establishment of a state religion is childish and shows a real misunderstanding of the 1st amendment.

Since this is a Madison, WI group and Athens is in Texas, tell them to buzz off. We will do exactly as we please.


7 posted on 12/17/2011 8:34:26 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: SkyDancer

I wonder how many of them are from other nations who have moved here?


8 posted on 12/17/2011 8:34:34 AM PST by caww
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To: caww

Probably none. These displays of ill temper from the left generally correspond to a need to refill the cash drawer and are used to raise funds.

This type of operation is merely a business. Nothing more, nothing less.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 8:37:26 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: caww

True. I wonder how many of them are in the ACLU. How come no outrage or outcry over Ramadan? The schools actually teach about the Islamic holiday and take kids on field trips to mosques.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 8:37:45 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Churchjack; All

Let’s all remind our elected Reps this season: if a state wants to display a nativity scene or menorah, NO FEDERAL JUDGE CAN STOP IT. If a municipality is sued in Federal Court, any answer to the suit should be to deny the suit on the basis that the 1st Amendment pertains SOLELY to “Congress” making no “establishment of religion”. NOT the states. And with te 10th Amendment, that means Federal judges have ZERO jurisdiction over such matters. That includes the judge that Newt rails about, regarding the TX commencement and prayers. That was an opportunity for the mayor and Gov Perry to announce they would ignore the ruling and that students are free to do whatever they want. This is critical: IT MUST BE ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY! The American People require this important civics lesson.


11 posted on 12/17/2011 8:40:45 AM PST by montag813
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To: SkyDancer

Just further evidence we’re loosing our “one nation under God” country to the misfits and cults and foreign invaders religion practices...or lack of.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 8:42:55 AM PST by caww
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To: hoagy62

“We’ll address the issue at our scheduled January meeting.”


13 posted on 12/17/2011 8:57:28 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: Right Brother

I had this argument with a coworker — his idea was that display of any religion would require a display of EVERY religion—making it, obviously, overly burdensome and impossible, thereby “fair” for everybody. Lawyers are a drag on society.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 9:03:35 AM PST by Churchjack
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To: Churchjack

If they are so offended, let them show their faces. The cowards won’t show their faces anymore than a terrorist goes unmasked.

If HHS is looking for domestic terrorists, they do not have to look beyond groups like this. They are terrorizing innocent citizens with their tactics.


15 posted on 12/17/2011 9:09:37 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: SkyDancer

Not enough people have the time nor the resources to battle the highjacking of our nations religious roots. Most simply accept in order to practice Christianity we have to allow other faiths, even those whose agenda is to destroy us, otherwise Christianity would also be outlawed.

Bottom line....isn’’t Christianity....it’s the ‘numbers’ of those doing otherwise overtaking our country.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 9:11:02 AM PST by caww
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To: Churchjack
What the H*LL business is it of theirs??


17 posted on 12/17/2011 9:52:51 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Huskrrrr

And their founding Mother of all atheists married a man once ordained as a Pentacostal Preacher.I’d bet somewhere along the line he figured he could prove the Scripture foolish when the Apostle declared Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers. It seems the darkness men prefer because their deed were evil prevailed against what light a Christian preacher ought bring into the world.


18 posted on 12/17/2011 10:02:11 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: ErnBatavia
“We’ll address the issue at our scheduled January meeting.”

That was my first reaction - to this or any other type of "I'm offended" B/s. A nice, bland boilerplate, like the ones our pols send out when we email them a gripe: "Thank you for the information. I will keep it in mind when I go before the legislature". (cough)

19 posted on 12/17/2011 11:11:24 AM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Churchjack

If they need an armed guard for the Nativity Scene, I’m available.

Time to take them on.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 1:42:10 PM PST by DPMD
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To: DPMD

Over 5,000 Texans rallied today in Athens to tell the Wisconsin busy bodies to STUFF IT.

That’s a small community. To have over 5,000 people show up is huge. All the stupid Occupy protests never had such a proportional showing.

Plus a judge today ruled it is Constitutional.

so pbbbttt! and Merry Christmas you meddling morons.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 6:11:33 PM PST by 1scrappymom
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Good news! 5,000 people showed up in Athens, TX to "tell the Wisconsin busy bodies to STUFF IT". Excellent...

22 posted on 12/17/2011 8:27:28 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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