Christians in Santa Monica are suddenly being doubly blessed in their fight against local atheists who have tried to shut down public Nativity displays.
Not only has a Christian group found a legal loophole in city regulations, but a local business has offered its private property as a new home for the traditional displays.
Local atheists had managed to effectively shut down a 60-year tradition of Christmas displays in the city’s popular Palisades Park after a two-year war that ended up with the city prohibiting all holiday displays, and a legal challenge in which the court favored the city.
Two years ago, local atheist Damon Vix got a stick up his you-know-what about the community tradition and decided to louse things up for everybody else.
Not content with simply having his own display with which to mock non-atheists, he got a group of his friends to flood the city with phony applications for holiday displays, including one display about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The atheists won the majority of the spots in the city’s permit lottery, while driving up the city’s costs for processing the applications. Then the atheists only used half the booths they had won.
This year, the city decided to just abandon the community tradition and ban holiday displays altogether in the park, which is one of the city gateways, overlooking the beach and the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Local Christians sued the city over its policy but lost in court. For a time, it seemed that atheism once again would be enshrined as the de facto “state” religion.
But the Christians found a loophole in the ban. The city’s wording specifies that “unattended” holiday displays are not allowed, so the Christian Defense Coalition applied to the city for a permit for a live Nativity and received it.
The living Nativity will be performed Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Palisades Park. The Nativity is being titled “The Birth of Christ. The Birth of Freedom. The Santa Monica Nativity.”
“By finding a way to creatively address this injustice, the powerful message of Christmas and religious freedom will continue to be heard and [seen] in Palisades Park,” said the Rev. Patrick Mahoney.
Meanwhile, Watt Companies, near the corner of 28th Street and Ocean Park, will host a dozen Nativity scenes from Dec. 8 to Jan. 5.
Vix, the atheist who tried to shut up the Christians, has declined interviews on the recent developments.
God bless the Christian Defense Coalition!!!! We have to stop letting these atheists dictating to what our beliefs and rights are.....it's time we stand up and let our voices be heard. I am so sick of this and it gets worse each year. I heard today that they banned some school for showing the Charlie Brown Christmas video......my God.....stupid, stupid parents for complaining and planning to sue the school......
I agree Maui!!! It's past time we say enough is enough and start fighting back!! My guess is these people who are complaining about the programs have a miserable life!!! If they were not they would not give 2 hoots about what anyone else was doing!!
Are you kidding me Maui?! Banning a Charlie Brown Christmas video???? I know you're not, but that's just another thing to their list that we have to say, ENOUGH!!!!!! THE BUCK STOPS HERE!!!! Good for Christian Defense Coalition!!!!
Then have a room for all those poor kids, who would probably really like to watch Charile Brown, but their el Stupido parents won't let them, and have activities for them to do while others watch Charlie Brown! - but these parents could leavee their petty views at home otherwise, and not be allowed to spoil Christmas for the rest of the kids! Stupid, stupid parents!!
These type of atheists are more than just non-believers. If they weren't, they would leave everyone else alone.
This is sad and I too am glad the they came up with a way to display the Nativity. The saying "Jesus is the reason for the season." really comes to mind. I just don't get it. Don't like it, don't participate, don't look...that simple. Let the non Christians have there own Holiday and leave our Christian Christmas alone. Just really makes me sad that at this time of the year people set out to hurt others like this.
These kinds of atheists and non believers are out to hurt. That is their bottom line. This is hateful, the exact opposite of what Christmas is all about.
Very insightful and very true....Take a second to read this:
Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I woul
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,