December isn’t the Christmas season – it’s the ‘War on Christmas’ season. It’s the time when the religious right and their propaganda machine called FOX “news” whine and complain if they aren’t allowed to shove their religion down your throat through the use of a diorama of the fictional birth of the savior of said religion based in a public spot like a park or a court house. Listening to the religious right one would assume God would quit if he didn’t see said dioramas in said park. Yeah, right?
Churches have found a way to keep the decades-old Christmas nativity display alive in Santa Monica following a controversial ban on having the scenes in a public park.
Pastor Keith Magee of Trinity Baptist Church is just one of the organizations Monday night who found a loophole in the ban by putting on a live, temporary nativity scene. Volunteers were on hand to play the roles of Joseph and Mary, among other biblical figures.
“We want to have a positive effect here in the community, because the nativity scenes have been a positive thing for the whole community, anyway, and we want to keep it that way,” Magee said.
So a positive effect in the community is to show people you can get around laws you don’t agree with if it means wanting to force your religious beliefs into the public square? I get the sense that people who keep insisting that the government cheerlead for their beliefs think if that ends (as it should) that some how their God is going to simply quit and the religion will vanish from the face of the Earth.
“I’m going to bet that Father Jon, our religion contributor, has some thoughts on this,” co-host Alisyn Camerota said, setting Father Jonathan Morris up to blast atheists’ supposed ‘war’ on the Christian holiday.
“The reason I’m not angry is that — yes I think it’s silly, it’s out of place for people to dedicate so much energy to try to get rid of Christmas scenes like this — the good news is when Christianity has been persecuted, when it has been outlawed, when people have died for this faith, it hasn’t gone away,” the conservative Catholic priest explained. “And everybody has an opportunity to make sure that their faith does not go away in this Christmas season and to live that faith as a family, as a community.”
I agree with Father Jonathan – not having Christmas displays in public areas like schools, parks, or court houses doesn’t make Christianity go away. How fragile is your religion if its existence hinges on a yearly diorama in the public square. Really?
It reminds me of the good Christians who fall over themselves to help the down and out during the holiday season yet are hard to find during the rest of the year while those needing help don’t go anywhere. They think their God keeps score only once a year. They may need to read their holy book again.
All I know is a far more positive effect on the community is for there to be a strong separation of church and state. There are plenty of churches and private property to host nativity scenes and if you think it has be in a park or God will have a sad then you have other issues.