This seems so crazy to me. Am I missing something? Atheist "freedom from religion" groups have been systematically bullying towns, schools, and even the military* into removing Nativity scenes from public spaces.
For various reasons (no funds to litigate, lack of nerve, misunderstanding of the law), the public entities usually cave and remove Baby Jesus from the scene.
The atheists base their case on bogus "separation of church and state" arguments, which make no sense because of something crazy obvious:
CHRISTMAS = COMMEMORATION OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
CHRISTMAS = FEDERAL (GOVERNMENT) HOLIDAY
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that means the commemoration of Christ's birth is a federal (government) holiday.
Therefore, a depiction of Christ's birthday is a perfectly acceptable way to commemorate Christ's birthday. (That's, like, a no-brainer, right kids?)
Sooooooo…in redundant other words...
As long as there is a GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL holiday for Christmas, then representations of Christmas (a government holiday) surely must be allowable, no?
I mean, can you imagine the state declaring Presidents Day and then saying it's illegal to display images of Washington and Lincoln? Or what if the nation celebrated the federal holiday called Veterans Day, while criminalizing the memorials of said veterans?
It's nuts! Makes no logical sense.
I'm not sure how the atheists can legally get away with what they do as long as Christmas is on the government calendar. How are they winning any cases?
If they had integrity (or a lick of sense) they would be challenging the federal holiday itself, which is the root of the "problem".
So, why don't they go that route? My guess is that either they are having too much success this way and will gain nothing by switching to legitimate tactics (except the wrath of the American people), or they really like having Christmas Day off so they can skip work.
It's all so very high-minded, isn't it?
|As in days of old, this scene causes some modern folks grave emotional distress.|
*An update from a military wife on the base is included in the comments.