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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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Charlie Brown Christmas TreeThe American Family Association — fresh off its recently-earned designation by the SPLC as a “hate group” — continues fighting their phantasmal “war on Christmas.” Like the rest of the Religious Right, the AFA continues to adhere to the delusion that Christmas is somehow being outlawed in the US, as some sort of sinister precursor to Christianity being abolished.

That such an effort is not happening, is not something they care to hear … so they keep on deluding themselves.

Having forced a national sporting-goods chain to capitulate to their demands, a national bank is in AFA’s sights. Their problem with this bank? Christmas trees. According to Consumerist, the AFA demands that this bank place a Christmas tree in the lobby of each of its branches nationwide (WebCite cached article):

According to an AFA press release, internal [bank name redacted] documents state that “We don’t want to lose somebody’s business because of seasonal decorations,” and that they want to “ensure that everyone who visits our branches is made to feel completely welcome and comfortable.”

As per my policy, I edited out the name of the financial institution in question, so as not to aid the AFA’s sanctimonious campaign.

I expect this national bank is already in the process of shipping Christmas trees to its branches, even as I type this. Corporations are pretty much now the slaves of the Religious Right, so I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be dutifully obedient.

I’m not quite sure why this is such an issue, though. There is nothing scriptural about the Christmas tree. They are not mentioned in the Bible … not even hinted at. So it’s odd that a group like the AFA — which prides itself on reading the Bible literally and interpreting scripture strictly — would get so worked up about something that’s not even Biblical in the first place. (OK, so Martin Luther might have started the current fashion of Christmas-tree decorating with the intention that it symbolized the Tree of Life, which is mentioned in Genesis … but let’s be honest, that’s really stretching things.) My guess is that the AFA knows Christmas trees aren’t scriptural or critical to Christian worship; they’re just using them as leverage to force a giant corporation to obey their whims. In other words, it’s really about a “power trip” and not about religion at all.

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