‘Tis The Season To Declare War On Nativity Scenes

Posted on December 11, 2011 by

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It’s enough to make your blood boil.

Nativity scenes don’t establish a national religion or force anyone to participate. Religious expression is protected by the 1st Amendment. The “right to not see or hear anything that offends me” is not.

The radical anti-religion activist group called the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” has been especially active this year.

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

Another day, another nativity scene drama. Atheists are mounting a full-out war on Christmas in Santa Monica, California — or so say those who support an annual, Christian-theme display.

For the first time in nearly six decades, there may be no “The Christmas Story” nativity scene in Santa Monica’s Palisades Park. Each year, a giant two-block long display offers visitors 14 nativity scenes that are presented in life-size form. But atheists, who are likely seeking to replace these images, are on the offensive.

This year, non-believers have reportedly vied for the open display spaces and, as a result, they have taken over much of the space that would be used for the nativity scene. The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, which organizes the annual nativity scene, isn’t happy about what its members see as an attempt to co-opt Christmas. They’ve apparently been left with three, small spaces.

“This has been a city tradition for nearly 60 years,” said Hunter Jameson, the committee’s chair. “These new groups applying for permits aren’t even Santa Monica residents, and they are just derogatory to organized religions.”

California isn’t the only state to face anti-Christmas Atheist grinches.  WPXI reports about a group of townspeople fighting back in Pennsylvania (via Gateway Pundit):

The controversy continues over a nativity scene and Christmas decorations in Ellwood City.

The nativity scene and decorations have gone up for the past 50 years without any problems, but this year is different.

A group, Freedom from Religion, is challenging the display, saying it’s unconstitutional.

Now, the group doesn’t want the nativity scene taken down. It wants Ellwood City to add a banner that states the group’s beliefs.

“No way on my watch is it going up. It’s offensive,” said Ellwood City Mayor Tony Court.

Channel 11 got a hold of the wording on the banner. It reads:

At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail. There are no Gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Ellwood City residents are upset.

“That’s sick. They better not put it up. It will come right back down,” said Mike Mitchell from Ellwood City.

The borough manager plans to get the council together to look at it and then make a decision.

In Texas, another group of citizens is rallying to protect their annual Nativity display from politically correct censorship:

Christians in Texas fed up with efforts by atheist groups to remove Christmas nativity scenes from public squares have been rallying, perhaps more unified than ever, behind Henderson County’s decision to defend their manger display on the courthouse lawn from a potential lawsuit.

As the result of a threatening letter from the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation received on Monday, pastors from the area have decided that they will no longer be silent on the issue.

The FFRF has asked that the county in east Texas remove the display from the square located in the city of Athens. The group also plans to display a banner next to the nativity scene that states, “At this Season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL.” The banner further describes religion as a “myth and superstition.”

Pastor Nathan Lorick of First Baptist Church in Malakoff, a neighboring town off Highway 31, told The Christian Post Friday that it’s time for Christians to defend their Constitutional right to express their faith and to not back down from the false claim that religious expressions tied to the government are not allowed based on separation of church and state.

Read more at The Christian Post

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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