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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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“It’s a sad, sad commentary”
Not nearly as sad as the atheist is going to be one of these days, if he/she continues in disbelief into the afterlife.
I would not expect the People’s Republic of Santa Monica to put up a fight.
In ancient America (1950), that jackass would have been cited for breach of the peace.....
The day is coming when Christians won’t be able to put decorations on their own lawns because they offend passerbys. Or if they have a tree in their house, they will have to keep the drapes closed so atheists can’t see it and be offended. Sound crazy? No. It’s just a matter of time.
In that precise ancient time, my family used to travel to Santa Monica every other year for Christmas.
Simple enough to have live nativity characters walk around the towne center saying, “God be with you.” Can’t arrest someone from walking around public streets.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
I hit post too soon. The CHRISTmas lights on Wilshire Blvd were beautiful and there Nativity scenes almost every where.
We had the same problem in in a local town over forty years ago when ONE CRANK shut down the local Christmas and
Interesting that when that crank finally died in terror, he called on God for forgiveness of his actions.
Looks like atheists are taking on the role of America’s Muslims.
Atheists of good will should claim the atheist display does not represent the mentality of atheists and demand it be taken down.
If atheists want an atheist religious holiday, they should have one. But they should not be religious freedom and virtue speech wreckers. Mind their own business. Respect the first amendment or you will lose it along with the Christians you harrass and hate. Idiots.
They’re never happy. They get their prescious muslim in the white house another four years but they’re just as mean and vicious as ever.
Curious about the unspoken thoughts...
They’re just taking the slogan “Forward” literally.
Well, I’m a different kind of Christian. I pray for liberals....to jump off a cliff. Why are you so afraid of these lib pukes?
Just wait till the guy in the WH puts Holder on the SC and those with super ACLU (Marxist) credentials. I guess the 71% Hispanics, 68% 18year-30 year olds and the 60% single women who voted for Obama and those union folks in PA, OH, and WI would love what’s coming
This situation should be viewed in the same light as the Admin’s recent attack on the 1st Amendment regarding “the film”. Not one cucker from the ACLU nor Hollywood stood up to defend the notorious filmmaker. But in this Santa Monica case, too many of these Christian hating operations are all too eager to quell Christian speech.
It’s time these attacks by haters of Christianity come to end — legally of course.
Christmas is celebrated at home, by Christians. Why bother with this non-sensical fighting with athiests? We’re not going to win. F’em.
First of all, you can’t “cancel Christmas.” Witness the Whos.
Secondly, put the displays on two hundred private front lawns. See what Mr. Atheist does about that. Don’t worry about City Hall.
“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.
Santa Monica sucks. 3 bed one bath clapboard homes for millions. The whole town smells lime the ubiquitous homeless urine. Another reason not to shop there — dissing Christmas.
I’m a jew and I love Christmas! The decorations, lights, music! Oh, the music!
A few years ago their family put up a manger scene in front of their house during Advent. Their neighbors, who teach at our local university, approached them a few days after the Manger went up, and requested that they take it down as they found it offensive.
The family went out and bought another Creche and put it up as well.
Best news I had heard that day.
I suggest Santa Monica change its name to Monica so as not to offend atheists. Better yet, change the name the name to Monica Lewinsky, because the city is basically on its knees.
Were you there? Just curious how you know this?
Change the name of the whole state to Santa Claus.
It’s about destroying the cultural icon that is Christmas. Christmas today in the USA has few religions overtones. It’s a holiday for family and kids. It’s warm feelings of kindness and that all is right with the world.
But because the word “Christ” is in the word, the left has got to destroy it.
I don’t know if it will be because they will be “offended”, I am thinking more like it will be because you don’t want your home fire bombed by these nutjobs. It’s who the left really is. Just look how the random acts of terrorism conducted on peoples political signs on there yards or there cars. That is where things will likely go as we descend further into the moral abyss.