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There is a thought-provoking article by Tim King on the Sojourners site about the War on Christmas.
I thought Christmas was canceled this year?
ABC7…a friend of mine works there now.
Much media manufactured ado about nothing. Solve the damn problem. No
religious or anti-religious displays on public owned property, period.
Take your faiith where it belongs, in your church, your home, or on private property which allows it. And stop doing things which just stir up the pot and divide people, bringing out the fringe haters.
Loudon County really seems to have stepped in it. The price of allowing religious displays is allowing nonreligious ones, which anger religious people to the point that they demand non-religious displays be removed.
Maybe they now know how nonreligious people feel.
(Or don’t nonreligious people have the right?)
@4 I agree Dave. They just need to be done with that kind of silliness.
But what was the “religious” display that was up…just a lit xmas tree? If so, I think people need to get some damn perspective.
Stringing lights all over a tree is not a religious display. Now, if it was a nativity scene, that is a different matter.
Mostly folks only assume that display will fit their particular world view. I wonder what chaos would ensue if Wiccans wanted to offer week day religious education classes as some Christian churches in the region currently do. Think folks would be upset? Yet they would have exactly the same rights as the current school/church programs do.
Was there a religious based display as well? At best, the “Santa” display was in poor taste.
Morris’ link is right, if you want Christ in Christmas, you repeat Mary’s words from Luke 1:46-55:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
It is NOT about a tree, packages and gifts , decorations and lights and it is not about forcing your religion on government property or anyone who does not welcome it.
The War on Christmas meme is a political cudgel in the guise of worship of God. It is offensive, it is proud, boastful, arrogant and all things humble servants of God aught not to be.
A friend posted this story yesterday on FB. Its pretty funny. I love the compromise that Loudoun County came up with. Its the fairest solution I’ve heard so far.
But Dan my favorite part of seeing this article was that it reminded me of trippin on LSD one holiday season and walking around my neighborhood looking at Christmas light displays. It was a fun time and it was the best Christmas lights have ever looked but if I had come across a Crucified Skeleton Santa I think I would have freaked.
I was thinking the skeleton must have been put up by some Deadheads!
@11 That’s hilarious!
Gotta be honest, I found that weirdo display to make very little sense and be something that would upset kids…so I disapprove. But of course, what would a nonreligious display even look like? Ummm…A giant microscope strung with lights?
The whole thing conceptually is just kinda dumb.
@7, I don’t know if they still do, but for many years there was a Pagan group that made use of a local library’s conference room for its meetings. Many, however, just go to local parks for their gatherings.
In the news report I saw the old lady that tore the display down said it was “Offensive”.
I found her statement rather ironic considering what she was doing, what the holiday of Christmas has become, and the intended message of the display.
That’s a loaded question I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole.
“Dead Santas” might be a decent band name.
Must have been an independent claus…
Sure, you liberals may sneer at the war on Christmas, but BEWARE THE HIDDEN MEANING! It may seem that Loudoun is God’s country, and a skeletal Santa is harmless, but notice the reaction of the golden retriever (at 1:34) as he tries to avoid the display!
Then use your logic and your spellcheck:
“Santa” could be “Satan”
“god” could be “dog”
“country” could be “bounty
“Santa, God and Country” is really Satan’s dog bounty!!!
This is no different than cross-burning. The atheists who did this are criminals who committed a hate crime.
Santas Dog Bounty was a show on Bravo.
ahhh my former home of Leesburg. Still keepin’ capitalism and jesus real in McMansionland!
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