Sigh. Why does even the mainstream press wallow in misguided stories. The last salvo is from an AP writer by the name of Gillian Flaccus. His latest piece of garbage has been picked up by a number of newspapers across the country, often with headline like “Atheists drive Public Nativities from Santa Monica, Calif. Park”
Damon Vix didn’t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.
The atheist’s anti-God message alongside a life-sized nativity display in a park overlooking the beach ignited a debate that burned brighter than any Christmas candle.
Santa Monica officials snuffed the city’s holiday tradition this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. On Monday, their attorney asked a federal judge to resurrect the depiction of Jesus’ birth, and the judge denied the request.
“It’s a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home,” said Hunter Jameson, head of the nonprofit Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee that is suing.
And so on and so on… A point never mentioned in the article is that Allegheny v UCLU (1989) made it illegal for government to put a nativity on government land in December without also providing space for other religious views. Santa Monica could allow other views or simply put a secular Christmas display. The second option is what virtually every other city in the US, including Allegheny County, does during the holiday season.
Damon Vix’s claim that atheists pushed “Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica” is a flat out lie. No one would have complained about a Santa or any other secular display. The issue is only in regard to religious displays. But Vix does not want to educate. He wants to inflame.
The correct headline should read “Santa Monica finally follow 1989 Supreme Court ruling. It is about time.”
As for a war, it just as silly as the one between Freedonia and Sylvania in Duck Soup:
You can follow watching this with the movie’s closing (and over the top) song “This Country’s Going to War“.