Atheists Want Texas Courthouse Nativity Scene Down

The constitutional legality of the nativity scene displayed on the lawn at Henderson County Courthouse in east Texas being is being contested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and atheist group based in Madison, Wis…

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Quinhagak, Alaska gives the gift of Hallelujah Chorus

My friend Pastor Dave Holden is the best great video finder I know. This one (above) has absolutely made my Christmas morning!

Here’s the first comment under the video…

Hallelujah Chorus -Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade – Quinhagak, Alaska

Wow!! Thank you for all for the wonderful comments. The village of Quinhagak is glowing because of them. The amount of views is mind blowing!! Considering this video was intended for an audience of about 200. As many of you have thought, the kids worked very hard on this project. They put in 10 hours of work shooting all the scenes (on a weekend nonetheless!!) I am very proud of them!

Thank you also for pointing out the apostrophes! I now have a very teachable moment once we start school again. One they will never forget!! I’m just glad I spelled “Hallelujah” correct.

Thank you on behalf of Quinhagak, Alaska!! Merry Christmas!!

Yes, indeed! Merry Christmas everyone!

Winter tree tossed from school, deemed too offensive

TODD STARNES REPORTING: Winter tree tossed from school — deemed too offensive


School officials at Ames High School in Iowa removed a Christmas tree from the cafeteria after receiving complaints that the tree was “offensive,” according to several local media reports.


‘Coalition of Reason’ protests Denver’s Nativity scene

An atheist group calling itself the “Colorado Coalition of Reason” is putting up three billboards protesting the Nativity scene at the Denver City & County Building, the Denver Post reported today.

From the Denver Post:

“The Nativity scene is a religious icon and it’s on public property,” said Marvin Straus, who is spearheading the billboard campaign planned for four weeks by COCORE.

Straus, who is the co-founder of Boulder Atheists, said that he is a strong believer in the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. The Nativity scene, Straus said, “is government supported religion. They (Denver city officials) are aware it is offensive to many people.”

The billboards are identical. They say, “STOP government support of religion. MOVE this Denver nativity scene to a church.”

“It is a particularly beautiful Nativity scene – wouldn’t it look beautiful in a church or somebody’s home,” said Straus.

In September 1986, following a fierce seven-year court battle, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that there was nothing unconstitutional about Denver’s display of life-size figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus on the steps of the Denver City and County Building.

The court found that the Nativity scene neither advances nor inhibits Christian beliefs.

Read more: Group paying for three billboards protesting Denver Nativity scene – The Denver Post