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Posted on 11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST by Steelfish
Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest Against Town's Holiday Decorations 18 November 2012
A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays.
Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight - prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations.
Their attorney will ask a federal judge on Monday to allow them to reproduce the depiction of Jesus' birth, while the city aims to have the case throwen out.
Banned: A Nativity scene is seen with a protective fence along Santa Monica's shore last year, a scene which according to the city will not re-appear this year
'It's a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home, something like our saviuor had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested,' said Hunter Jameson, head of the nonprofit Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee that is suing.
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“Simple enough to have live nativity characters walk around the towne center saying, God be with you. Cant arrest someone from walking around public streets.”
Excellent, that’s the spirit.
Churches with live nativities! Etc. Let’s go, Santa Monica. Don’t let this sourpuss dictate your holidays!
Christians should be forced into the closet? I don’t think so!
athiest.org. Aren’t they a 501C3 organization?
Go a bit further back they would have been rode out of town on a rail after being tarred and feathered.
This is so stupid. Santa Monica could just let the unhappy atheist have their booth and let all the religious displays up - they have to be viewpoint neutral in how they apportion public space. They just don’t want to deal with residents disagreeing with each other, which is typical bureaucratic cowardice.
In fact since there IS a state religion, the C of E, can't they "legally" tell atheists to go pound sand?
Reindeer cookies. Christmas is on! Gov't hasn't got anything to do with it.
In any normal community someone would kick his butt!
City workers shouldn’t get the day off or any holiday pay.
Just put the damn decorations up in the church’s front yard. WHy do taxpayers have to pay for Christmas decorations.
I am a Hindu, and I really enjoy Christmas. It reminds me of Diwali, celebrated by Hindu’s when the homes are adorned with lights, gifts are exchanged, tasty food dishes are cooked, families get together, and the God’s are given special prayers.
if a CHRISTIAN protested a homosexual event... would they shut it down?
Now that gives me a thought...
The day is coming when Christians wont be able to put decorations on their own lawns because they offend passerbys
Spirited: According to the Black Book of Communism, it was the ringing of church bells that served as the excuse for the unleashing of persecution, both psychological and physical. And when anti theists and atheist materialists seized full control of Russia the persecution, oppression, terror and murders began together with the looting, sacking and desecration of churches and imprisonment and/or murder of clergy.
these minorities have to stop controlling the majorities
I am a Hindu, and I really enjoy Christmas
Spirited: You have a generous, gracious spirit. When my family was stationed on Okinawa many years ago Christmas was an occasion of great enjoyment to them as well. From the lights to decorated trees and good food, they partook of it all with great good cheer.
Turkey was another matter all together. Our time there was marked by oppression.
Ever since Fonda and Hayden took over the city it’s been known as “The Peoples Republic of Santa Monica”!
They didn’t ‘take over the city.’ They were elected—just like Obama. Yuppie dems did it.