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Laura's Sculpy NativityHaving a menorah, but no nativity, on city property in Boca Raton, Florida? That’s absolutely intolerable, according to the militant religionists at the Catholic League. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports on their childish caterwauling (WebCite cached article):

The New York-based Catholic League is accusing Boca Raton of discrimination for buying menorahs with taxpayer dollars and displaying them in public buildings without displaying Christian nativity scenes alongside them.

Contrary to what the Catholic League claims, though, Christians are not being forbidden to decorate for Christmas:

In an e-mailed statement, Boca Raton Assistant City Manager Michael Woika responded, “The City of Boca Raton celebrates the holiday season by having displays in the lobbies of public buildings in a manner consistent with Supreme Court and other judicial rulings. These displays are City-owned decorations and are comprised of a Christmas tree, a menorah, and a “Seasons Greetings” sign, and may include garlands, winter decorations (such as snowflakes and snowmen), and/or lights.”

The irony of the Catholic League’s bellyaching is revealed in this quotation:

“What we have now is Jews get preferential treatment and Christians are told, ‘No, you have to be satisfied with your Christmas tree’,” [League President Bill] Donahue [sic] said.

Well, boo fucking hoo, Bill. Jews are getting “preferential” treatment, you say? Gee, I can recall a time when your own Church was vehemently anti-Jewish, Bill. Time was, under Catholic rule, Christians got decidedly “preferential” treatment over Jews. Remember the expulsion of Jews from Catholic Spain, Bill? Remember the Inquisitions? Sure, that was a long time ago, but in more recent times, Catholics in Nazi-occupied Poland openly aided their mortal enemies in the Third Reich in that regime’s diabolical effort to exterminate as many Jews as possible.

Seems to me that — perhaps — a little comeuppance is in order here, Bill. Besides, Bill, no Catholics are being prevented from worshipping their God as they wish, in their homes and churches under this policy. Besides, I dare you, Bill, to produce any sort of scriptural or conciliar order requiring that they worship only nativities placed on municipal properties in their locales.

I’m serious. Where, exactly, can I find documented the Christian doctrine that nativities are required, only on government property? When are Christofascists going to produce this document?

Oh, and it’s ironic that Donohue is claiming that Christmas trees aren’t religious enough for Boca Raton to permit to be set up, when their religiofascist colleagues at the AFA had just gotten through weeping and wailing that it’s the natural-born right of every Christian to see a Christmas tree in the lobby of every bank in the country? What part of “This is absolutely fucking ridiculous!” do these people not understand?

Isn’t it time for militant Christians to grow up, fercryinoutloud, and quit beefing over the fact that they no longer run civilization and can no longer openly and freely put the screws to everyone else in the universe?

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The Christmas wars this year are becoming pitched battles (metaphorically speaking). A nativity scene in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is now a point of contention, as reported by WPMT-TV:

Dozens rallied in the borough’s square Saturday afternoon to support a traditional nativity scene that has been placed there for years, but this season is conspicuously missing. …

The borough decided to bar all displays from the square after an atheist, agnostic and secular humanist organization called Pennsylvania Nonbelievers (PAN) asked to set up a 3 ft. by 4 ft. sign reading “Celebrating Solstice — Honoring Atheist War Veterans” in the square. …

Rather than allow the sign to sit near the nativity, Chambersburg’s leaders prohibited all displays.

This is, of course, a petulant and childish decision made in haste and anger … and solely to keep from having to put up the PAN sign. As one would expect — and as I surmise, as Chamberburg’s leaders themselves expected, which was the point of their overreaction — sanctimonious outrage on the part of Christians erupted:

[The ban] was Lisa Blackstock’s call to action. A Chambersburg native and resident of nearby Mercersburg, Blackstock organized Saturday’s rally. She said Christian symbols are under fire nationwide.

Ms Blackstock appears to be fact-deprived. No one “attacked” the nativity. That is not what happened at all. What actually happened is that non-believers wanted to put up a sign of their own. They did not ask for the nativity to be removed. No one vandalized it.

So on the one hand we have a bunch of sniveling children — the folks who run the town of Chambersburg — who in their immaturity could not handle a request to put up a non-believers’ sign. On top of that we have a bunch of sniveling children — i.e. local Christians — who react to that by making false claims and stage rallies. The former set of childish people will now, I suspect, use the bellicose reaction of the latter set of childish people to justify putting the nativity back … and without also putting up PAN’s sign.

Which very likely was the entire point of what they did. A clever maneuver, even if it’s immature and needlessly manipulative.

Isn’t it time people grew up, fercryinoutloud?

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