I'm so sick of hearing about "the war on christmas" and seeing any
non-christian (or anyone willing to stand up for any non-christian)
being vilified in the news. Tonight there was a segment on one of my local news affiliates (WTAE Pittsburgh) about a nativity scene being moved from in front of the borough building
in a local town after one woman (bravely) wrote in and asked that it be moved. It was moved a whole 20 yards from it's original post to the local Knights of Columbus chapter.
Megan (enemy number one in Canonsburg, PA) has received hate mail and the borough is encouraging business owners and residents to put up their own nativity scenes on their property.
Even though it's still up, people are in an uproar because not only was it in front of the borough building
for 57 years prior, but residents and borough employees alike are OFFENDED and are saying it's disrespectful to their rights for it to be moved.
Are you kidding me?
Disrespectful to THEIR rights to move it to non-government property.
How about disrespectful to anyone who's not a christian's rights to have it on public, let alone government, property?
How about disrespectful to anyone who's not a christian's rights to have jesus shoved down our throats?
It's totally acceptable for religious themes and icons to be plastered in every nook and cranny of the country without regard for the feelings of anyone who doesn't believe in it, but flip the coin and it's a suppression worse than slavery.
The comments on the online article version of the story are even worse. They range from calling her a monster to telling her and anyone else who thinks like her to deal with it to telling her how much they hate her or wishing her a "Merry CHRISTmas" to saying she's a waste of oxygen to--of course--regarding her as a socialist, and so on and so on (all very christian of them, right?). Not every commenter share these sentiments, however, there are a few voices of reason, but the overwhelming majority is absolutely lambasting this woman. My heart aches for her (and, naturally, her cause).
These residents and internet warriors are claiming that christmas is all about the birth of jesus (obviously oblivious to the fact that christians literally hijacked the winter solstice and don't even know when jesus was born so they picked Dec. 25--even though the bible leads you to believe he was born in spring, shepards herding in winter?--because that was the day the Romans had been celebrating the birth of Mithra for muuuch longer AND in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan
Another argument arising is the pervasive "separation of church and state doesn't exist because it's not in the constitution and this country was founded by christians." Yeah, that blatantly false one that still won't go away no matter how many facts you throw at these people.
But we're the ones who are warned to be tolerant... I'd love to see what would happen if it was an Islamic religious icon...
Also, you gotta love the objectivism of the news.
It's amazing how much christians can make me wish that my favorite holiday (for nonreligious purposes, obviously) was just over already.
I could probably go on but I'm already on the verge of ripping my hair out because this whole thing is driving me insane... Please leave your sentiments and aggravations in light of the holiday season! ;)
On a lighter note, here's a LOL to lift the mood a bit after my rant... This site is pretty fantastic, I recommend you check it out if you haven't already: http://www.atheistcartoons.com/