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Atheist Nativity Scene Ban: Christian Groups Find Loophole

Atheist Nativity Scene Ban: Christian Groups Find Loophole

Santa Monica, CA – Atheists were successful in implementing a nativity scene ban for all unattended Christmas displays in local parks. Notice the “unattended” part. This is where Christian groups have found a loophole, allowing for the ban on all religious freedom to be overcome.

As reported by The Blaze, atheist groups have been battling the city government over the presence of Christian nativity displays that has endured as a 60 year tradition in Palisades park. It used to be that booths were set aside in the park for displays, with a city-sponsored lottery deciding who won the right to set up displays. Last year, atheists won two-thirds of the available booths and they used the opportunity to set up insulting messages targeted at Christians and all theists.

In an effort to stop the bickering that resulted, the Santa Monica city government decided to ban all nativity displays, an idea that only atheists mightily approved of. This decision was then upheld by a California Judge after Christian groups sued, asking that the tradition continue anyway.

This is where the loophole comes in. Santa Monica’s religious ban on nativity displays only applies to those which are “unattended.” However, there is no provision or ban on religious displays that are “attended” by live human beings. While the traditional nativity set will gather dust, Christian groups are hosting an event they call The Birth of Christ. The Birth of Freedom. The Santa Monica Nativity.

Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition says the acceptance of a live nativity display is “a major victory for religious freedom, the First Amendment and the public display of nativity scenes.”

“We are so thankful that a Nativity Display will be seen in Palisades Park for a 60th Consecutive year,” Mahoney said in a press release. “It is critical that the faith community did not allow the City of Santa Monica and the federal court to crush the First Amendment and religious freedom by banning a nativity display in Palisades Park.”

The faith leader encouraged Christians across America to “speak out with passion and courage” and to stand up for their free speech rights:

“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.”

What do you think about the atheist’s nativity scene ban and the creative loophole that Christians have found in order to celebrate Christmas traditionally?

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10 Responses to “Atheist Nativity Scene Ban: Christian Groups Find Loophole”

  1. Heather Johnson

    The atheists need to get over themselves. Nativity scenes do not harm them anymore than not believing in a god hurts people who are religious. Freedom of religion does not mean everyone should be banned from religion.

  2. Kim LaCapria

    "I have to say, as someone who is not a Christian, it’s hard for me to believe Christians are a persecuted people in America. God willing, maybe one of you one day will even rise up and get to be president of this country — or maybe forty-four in a row. But that’s my point, is they’ve taken this idea of no establishment as persecution, because they feel entitled, not to equal status, but to greater status."
    — Jon Stewart.

  3. Heather Johnson

    Also, I support other groups' rights to put up displays, including the atheists.

  4. Anonymous

    If nothing else it is tradition, my husband is not a christian but he still sets up a nativity scene for Christmas. what happened to separating church and state. If the non believers don't like it don't go. The nativity scene is insulting non believers why should they have the right to insult believers. The thing is, whether a person believes or not, the Bible is a historical document with many events that were proven true. If non believers can set up booths than churches should be able to as well. If they ban one then the other should not be allowed to represent either.

  5. Letterj Doe

    So how about we get some cosplayers to dress up and put on a FSM living nativity as well.

  6. Letterj Doe

    At this point I personally feel this just makes Christians look petty and insecure about their religion. Knock it off already instead of throwing an angry baby tantrum. Looking for loopholes… seriously? Its really that important to you? wow… Get some perspective. There's bigger things going on out there than making sure you win.