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  • Jon Stewart Desecrates Nativity Scene (Obama's War on Women)

    04/18/2012 8:55:55 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 19 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 17 2012 | Josh St. Lewis
    NSFW--Jon Stewart has a nude picture, of his WIFE, maybe? legs spread with a nativity scene placed over the genital area...I guess she never worked a day in her life...Oy!
  • Fight Over Nativity Scene In Santa Monica Heads To Court

    11/18/2012 5:19:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    AP) ^ | November 18, 2012 10:59 AM
    The city of Santa Monica has allowed an elaborate nativity scene in its Palisades Park each Christmas for nearly 60 years, but officials are ending the tradition this year after an atheist set up his own non-religious display and caused an uproar. Now, the churches behind the nativity are suing in federal court and claim the city violated their freedom of speech by stopping the holiday tradition. A court hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles could decide the fate of the Christian tableau for the upcoming season.
  • Festivus pole added to nativity scene

    12/09/2012 11:53:06 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 9, 2012
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.,- This year, a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Fla., features a "Festivus pole" made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, as well as a Menorah. The pole, a reference to the Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode, was installed Thursday by activist blogger Chaz Stevens, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Stevens said he had been trying to get the city to remove the Nativity scene for five years, and this year he decided to ask for space to express his own beliefs. "It's just 23...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    Northjersey.com ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crčche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • Atheists Use Times Square Billboard for Anti-Christmas Pitch

    12/21/2012 9:57:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 12.14.12 | Dave Bohon
    A group called American Atheists has posted a high-profile billboard in New York City's Times Square depicting Christianity as a “myth,” apparently mocking Jesus Christ on the cross. The group, which first launched its Christmas “myth” campaign in 2010, ramped up its campaign with a giant sign that features an image of Santa Claus, an equally large picture portraying a suffering Jesus on the cross, along with the phrase, “Keep the Merry — Dump the Myth!”David Silverman, president of the atheist club, claimed in a press release that his group thinks “a large population of Christians are actually 'atheists'...
  • American Atheists' Billboard Calls for Christmas Minus "Myth" of Christ

    12/13/2012 1:19:26 PM PST · by InHisService · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-11-12 | Stoyan Zaimov
    "We know that a large population of 'Christians' are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family's religion. If you know god is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself 'Christian' in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should," said David Silverman, President of American Atheists.
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • A Clash of Organizations in the War on Christmas and the Good Guys Win — Nativity Returns

    12/21/2012 9:15:59 AM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    ANN ARBOR, MI — On Saturday morning, December 15th, John Satawa with the help of family and friends and the Boy Scouts once again erected the Nativity on a public median in Warren, Michigan. The joyous occasion was the culmination of a four year legal battle in defense of the Nativity waged by the Thomas More Law Center against the County Road Commission and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.While the Nativity was being erected, Warren police controlled traffic as well-wishers gathered, reporters and TV stations conducted interviews, carolers sang Christmas songs, a priest from nearby St Anne’s Catholic Church blessed...
  • Navy Cancels Nativity over Atheist Complaint (Bahrain)

    12/11/2012 10:49:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel and dismantle a “Live Nativity” after receiving a complaint from a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U .S. Constitution. The chaplain at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain confirmed to Fox News the nativity scene was cancelled – but referred any further comments to the NSA’s public information officer. The “Live Nativity” was a long-standing tradition at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel dressed as shepherds, wise men, along with Mary and Joseph. It was...
  • (IL) Nativity scene in Arlington Heights park just about a go

    12/11/2012 9:48:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 12/8/2012
    A controversial Nativity scene is on the verge of approval in Arlington Heights, though park district officials say they still want some questions answered from the private group that is requesting the display be installed.  On Friday, officials from the Arlington Heights Park District met with Jim Finnegan of the Illinois Nativity Scene Committee to review his group’s permit application for the Nativity display and to discuss its potential location in North School Park. Park district officials gave Finnegan a list of questions to answer — such as whether the group has insurance for the display — before it is...
  • Girl, 13, writes letter asking for Longview nativity scene

    12/11/2012 10:04:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    KATU News ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Joe English
    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Breyanna Lea Siebert noticed something was missing when she looked at the Christmas decorations in Longview this year.  The nativity scene was gone from R A Long Square.  “Don’t get me wrong. I love snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and all kinds of Christmassy things,” said Siebert.A nativity scene, Siebert’s favorite Christmas decoration, had been a part of the park decorations as long as she could remember. So the 13-year-old wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper to let everyone know how she felt about this year’s omission.  “It would be nice if everybody...
  • Group Finds Way Around Nativity Scene Drama

    12/11/2012 9:33:40 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    cbs ^ | December 6, 2012
    One group in Ellwood City has found a creative way to circumvent a potential lawsuit by displaying a nativity scene in front of the municipal building. Instead, they’re going to put it on a truck.The Beaver County Times reports that the Moose lodge is going to park a trailer carrying a nativity scene in front of the building.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based out of Wisconsin, threatened to sue the borough if it did not remove the creche.Many locals were disappointed by the decision and vocalized opposition to the change.The new, nativity on wheels is expected to make its way...
  • Atheist to drop nativity scene lawsuit

    12/11/2012 8:25:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 12.06.12 | Melissa Cutler
    DALLAS - A San Antonio man says he plans to drop his lawsuit against the city of Athens for putting up a nativity scene in front of the Henderson County courthouse as a Christmas decoration. But he isn't giving up his fight. In short, atheist Patrick Green said it's no longer a fair fight because Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has offered to step in and assist the city or the county. Greene's original suit claims the city is helping fund the display, which is a violation of both state and federal law. But he doesn't believe his suit will...
  • Lawyer Says Nativity Was Illegal; Century Declares Nativity Scene Surplus

    12/11/2012 8:18:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    The Town of Century has declared their nativity scene as surplus property and will sell it to the highest bidder, months after an attorney for a Wisconsin group that represents agnostics and atheists sent letters to the town claiming that a nativity display on public property is illegal.A nativity scene had been displayed in front of the Century Town Hall for several years. It was displayed for a just a few days during the 2011 Christmas season, but was removed because it was basically falling apart due to age.In a July 17, 2012, NorthEscambia.com story about the Century Town Council’s...
  • Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

    12/06/2012 7:27:42 AM PST · by massmike · 26 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 12/06/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol. On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas. The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it's given such a directive to staff. On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our...
  • A Victory in the War on Christmas - Thomas More Law Center's Success in Nativity Display Lawsuit

    12/01/2012 7:42:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 11.30.12 | Thomas More Law Center
    ANN ARBOR, MI — After four years of litigation by the Thomas More Law Center, John Satawa will once again be able to erect a Nativity display on a public median in Warren, Michigan—a tradition that his family and neighbors have been observing every Christmas since 1945. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented: “Every December, militant secularists declare war on Christmas celebrations. This is one battle they lost. And we are extremely pleased that Mr. Satawa and his neighbors will be able to resume their wonderful tradition just in time for this Christmas.” The Nativity...
  • Cottondale Community Fights to Keep CHRISTmas in Schools

    12/01/2012 6:22:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies
    WJHG ^ | 11.28.12 | Bergen Baucom
    Cottondale- Santa Clause, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman were all accounted for Wednesday on the lawn of Cottondale Elementary School. But for many in the community, key Christmas characters were missing. "The department of Education came in and talked to us about the legalities of religion in the school systems and the separation of the two" explained Cottondale Elementary School Principal, Brenda Jones. "So, I came back and talked to the faculty about the law and way it's written. Trying to be fair to all people decided that we would just not put the nativity scene out on campus." The...
  • Atheists cry foul over ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

    11/21/2012 4:58:05 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Atheists cry foul over ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ 12:01 PM 11/21/2012 Caroline May Political Reporter Charlie Brown’s Christmas is on the outs at an elementary school in Little Rock, Ark. — at least among atheists who are calling foul over a planned student trip to see a stage production of the beloved Peanuts story. The trouble began when students at Terry Elementary School brought home letters detailing the trip to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church, according to a report from Arkansas’ KARK. A parent who had a problem with the play’s content notified the local atheist...
  • Atheist Group Backs Parents Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

    11/20/2012 5:30:43 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 105 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | November 20, 2012 | Unknown
    Full title: Atheist Group Backs Parents Who Are Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ At ChurchLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBS Atlanta) — Charlie Brown has been caught in the crossfire of the “war on Christmas” mantra. KARK-TV reports that some parents were upset that Terry Elementary School in Little Rock wanted to take children to go see a play of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church.
  • College: Students Can’t Sell “Christmas” Trees

    11/27/2012 7:53:13 PM PST · by massmike · 31 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A North Carolina community college has been accused of violating the First Amendment rights of students after they told a club they could not use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale. “It’s ridiculous that anyone would have to think twice about using the word ‘Christmas’ as part of a Christmas tree sale,” said Matt Sharp, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community College urging them to either reconsider their decision to censor the word “Christmas” – or else face a possible lawsuit. College officials did not return multiple...
  • The war on "Christmas"

    11/21/2012 4:59:11 PM PST · by ForAmerica · 19 replies
    Can we get a list going of retailers that's using the word Christmas or not in their advertisements and stores. Lowe's is first on my list as not saying Christmas in their add that I got in the mail today, not sure what's in the store.
  • Denmark: How one local decision created a national ‘War on Christmas’

    11/15/2012 3:09:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | 11/15/2012 | Justin Cremer
    The Kokkedal housing association decided to forego a Christmas tree, leading to charges of racism and fears of a Muslim takeover. Christmas is typically such a festive time, but for one housing association in the Zealand town of Kokkedal, it has, thus far, been anything but. It all started when the association’s nine-person board, five of whom are Muslim, voted against having a Christmas tree this year. They apparently balked at the estimated 7,000 kroner of the tree, but had earlier had no qualms about spending some 60,000 kroner on a party celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid. Nearly immediately...
  • Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest...

    11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 18, 2012
    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...