Atheist messages have displaced most of the Christmas nativity scenes that local churches had placed in a California park for nearly six decades, and the churches say it was a coordinated attack.But it doesn't end there:
Local churches have traditionally claimed 14 of the 21 display spaces to illustrate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
But atheists got all but three of the spaces this year because of a new lottery system.
"Our belief is that these new applicants have been working together to displace and push out the nativity scenes from the park, rather than erecting a full display of their own," said Hunter Jameson, a spokesman for a coalition of the city's churches.
The Santa Monica Daily Press reported that churches had little or no competition for the spaces during the past 57 years. This year, 13 people bid for spaces, prompting City Hall to use a random lottery system to allot the spots.
Two individuals got 18 spaces. One person can request a maximum of nine.
Some residents of a South Jersey town are calling a Knights of Columbus banner that hangs over Broadway in Pitman, a sign of the season.Let me repeat something I wrote last night:
It reads “Keep Christ in Christmas.”
“I think it’s wonderful, Christ is Christmas,” said Maria Marandino of Vineland.
Some unnamed residents who live in Pitman and who believe the sign that hangs across Main Street violates the Constitution, contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin that promotes separation of church and state. The group’s consultant told Eyewitness News by phone that they’ve asked the town to remove the sign.
“It’s a group endorsing religion over a public right of way,” said Andrew Seidel, the group’s constitutional consultant.
The town’s mayor says the sign is attached to private property and hanging over a county road.
“I think it’s a sad state of affairs that our country, we kowtow to the minority and not the majority of people who like that sort of thing to stay,” said Mayor Michael Batten.
Some residents say a nativity scene was removed from a Christmas display because the park it was displayed in is Pitman’s property.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation says they will look for private property in Pitman now to hang their sign, which reads:
“At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds,” said Seidel.
Atheists also don't have much to do at Christmas other than try to ruin it for Christians, from what I can tell. There seems to be quite an outbreak of offended atheists demanding an end to nativity scenes and even signs that say "Keep Christ in Christmas". All that does is prove to me that atheism is not an absence of belief, but is just another form of religion with some being quite radical in their fervor, not unlike the folks at Westboro Baptist or radical Islamists.Go to the link to hear the official Atheist Hymn.