Chambersburg Pennsylvania appears to be this years winner in the crazy Nativity Scene battle. Last year it was my state of Washington whom made headlines because the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed a sign next to the Nativity Scene. Bill O'Reilly lost his mind and Megyn Kelly had to handle
him on his own show. This year in Chambersburg a request was made to put a sign next to the Nativity Scene acknowledging Atheist Soldiers. The Council thought about the scenario and realized that it shouldn't be in the religion business. They decided against all displays.
Christians in the town are protesting. They are upset that an atheist would do this. Some have asked the man to show his face. Others understand the constitutional reasoning for removing the displays, but would rather that all displays be allowed. I don't understand the purpose. Why should we allow these displays at one time of year and not during others?
This is another case of Christians losing their minds over someone demanding equality. Historically, you'll find a Bible being quoted to support all manner of things that we find embarrassing today. Most recently it's been the gay marriage issue. The concept of marriage being "ours" and "sacred" drives Christians to protect it. The concept of Christmas being Christian and the government being Christian is driving many to claim that this time of year is "ours". Might I remind my Christian neighbors of the Golden Rule?
In the above noted cases, Atheists are not demanding the removal of the scene. They have placed a sign that is equal to your scene in location only. It's really a demonstration of the inequality and injustice of putting any display of religion in a public building. It's not even the Atheist that you are against. It's any group who would infringe on your time of year, even if it's their time of year as well. A Rabbi asked
for a menorah to be displayed at Sea-Tac Airport in 2006 since there were 15 Christmas trees. He never asked that the trees not be displayed, but Nevertheless, he received death threats over the matter.
Christians, Christmas is a time of year for all of us. There was a time in the US where it wasn't celebrated because
it was too pagan. We don't care that you want to join in on the Pagan holiday. It's nice that we can all be brought together, for any happy purpose. If it means celebrating the birth of your god in human form, great. For me, I recognize the rebirth of the sun as being the cause, but I just enjoy spending a couple of days with my family. Stop being selfish about Christmas. No matter what the day means to you, I'm sure that sharing and happiness are central.