The Festivus pole, a relic from the 1990s NBC sitcom “Seinfeld,” made an appearance in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, after a self-described “militant atheist” received permission to set it up near a Nativity scene.
“A Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole is a symbol of ridiculousness,” Chaz Stephens, editor in chief of South Florida advocacy blog MAOS (My Acts of Sedition), told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He set up the pole, not to celebrate a 1990s holiday, but to protest the Nativity scene and other religious monuments set up in public spaces.
“It’s a made up holiday from the 1990s, but it’s a symbol of separation of church and state, in my mind,” Stephens explained… FULL STORY
WASHINGTON, D.C., CP – Members of the House of Representatives have been told they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” via the mail.
The Congressional Franking Commission, which reviews congressional mail to determine if it can be paid for with tax dollars, issued a rule saying that no holiday greetings, including the traditional Christmas greeting, may be stated in official mail.
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…
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.
A Christian advocacy group has recently filed two amendments to the California Constitution in an effort to prevent hate crime legislation from infringing on religious speech.
LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER
Pastor Allan Esses, founder of “Yes Jesus is Lord” and proponent of the amendments, said, “Although the Bill of Rights guarantees religious liberty, recent restrictions on the free exercise of religion have compelled the organization to submit clarifications of citizen’s First Amendment rights, similar to the need felt by some of the nation’s Founding Fathers to clarify in the Bill of Rights what they believed existed in the Constitution.
“Those of us involved with Yes Jesus Is Lord are concerned that the time is fast approaching when Californians, as well as all Americans, will be subject to some of the most unbelievable acts and restrictive laws we have seen or heard,” Esses said… READ FULL STORY
Photo: Billy Graham spoke to huge crowds during the “Christ for Greater Los Angeles” tent revival in 1949. (BGC Archives)