November 29, 2012
Okay, Thanksgiving’s over. Now it’s time for America’s atheists, kooks, and killjoys to train their guns on Christmas. Consider them a special breed of Elves that take toys away instead of making them.
A few of my friends say I shouldn’t lump all atheists together, that some of them disapprove of these attacks on Christmas and certainly don’t join in. Fair enough. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it. But it isn’t Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, or Muslims filing these lawsuits. It’s only atheists.
Here are a few examples from around the country.
Illinois: Threatened with an atheist lawsuit, the village of Alsip has been forced to stop displaying a cross on its water tower, something they’ve been doing every Christmas for some forty years. But this year the town can’t afford to defend itself in court. It seems there was an anonymous complaint: nameless crank dictates to whole village.
California: After sixty years of displaying a Nativity scene in one of its public parks, the city of Santa Monica has been forced to discontinue this blameless custom. Surprisingly, the atheists did not sue to have the word “Santa” removed from the city’s name. Anyhow, the Freedom From Religion Foundation strikes again.
The group’s name isn’t honest. It should be the Freedom From the Christian Religion Foundation. They don’t attack any religion but Christianity. They just wander around the country looking for vestiges of Christianity to erase.
Michigan: The village of Warren had a Nativity scene since 1945, but they don’t have it anymore. That’s right—another atheist lawsuit. This case has gone up and done the court system, with appeals and counter-appeals, for years—sort of an ongoing Christmas present to lawyers.
Virginia: This case features more than the usual degree of atheist arrogance, probably because Loudon County is close enough to Washington, D.C., to fall under its shadow.
Here atheists have been trying to abolish Christmas, and Christians have resisted, for three or four years. Attempting to compromise, county supervisors have decided to allow both Christians and atheists to set up seasonal displays this year on the courthouse lawn. Atheist displays in the recent past have included a skeleton in a Santa Claus suit, nailed to a cross, and their usual triumph of wit and humor involving “the Flying Spaghetti Monster”—their incredibly clever way of making fun of God. This year their display will be called “Science on the Lawn,” their contention being that “science,” as they understand it, cancels out religion.
Lovely people, aren’t they?
New Jersey: In my home town, it’s been several years since dorks were able to turn our annual Christmas parade into a “Winter Festival”—which makes it a pagan celebration, but they never protest paganism. Only Christianity offends them. Every year, in the town next door, there’s a huge Hindu festival. They never sue to stop that.
But there’s still some work for them to do here, because we still have our annual “Miss Merry Christmas” election. Our local newspaper is trying to get that wiped off the slate. They think it ought to be “Miss Earth Spirit” or something—maybe even “Miss Stake,” “Miss Conception,” or “Miss Begotten.” Anything but Christmas. They’ve got this fat-head writing editorials about how letting it remain “Miss Merry Christmas” darkens the sun in the eyes of all those precious persons who don’t celebrate Christmas.
I am well aware that the election of a Miss Merry Christmas in Ho Hum, New Jersey, has nothing to do with the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ as an event in history. The same goes for snowmen, red-nosed reindeer, etc. Those are accretions that are not Christmas, but have come to be associated with it.
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When you have atheists trying to ban the colors red and green—as they did in a Texas school district a few years ago—it’s not about red and green. It’s about the association of those colors with Christmas. It demonstrates the thorough-going meanness of these people’s minds, and the depth of their hate for Christianity and Christians.
What are these whiners so upset about? They build nothing, offer nothing, stand for nothing. All they do is search out opportunities to spoil other people’s fun and, if possible, hurt them by taking something dear away from them.
There’s one thing worse than being bullied by such people.
It would be worse to be them.
© 2012 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com