It’s just not the holiday season anymore without a controversy over religious displays.
For years, more and more Americans are feeling like their holiday celebrations — especially Christmas — are coming under attack by so-called proponents of religious freedom.
And increasingly from those who don’t practice a religion, and thus feel offended that their hard-earned tax dollars are going toward displays like Nativity scenes and menorahs. In recent years, folks have chosen every thing from Festivus poles (“It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!”) to the old stand-by Satanic display to prove their point.
I should that is their right. Period. Because we not only have freedom of religion in this country, but freedom of speech.
That doesn’t mean, however, that some folks are just getting downright tired of it all. I’ve recently had folks who, after recognizing me in my local Publix, launch into a tirade about feeling vilified just for saying “Merry Christmas!”
Well, that’s unfortunate. Especially since saying “Merry Christmas” to someone is supposed to be a friendly way of greeting them this time of year.
Today, Palm Beach Post letter writer Larry Wingate of Jupiter went off on the issue of local Nativity scenes, or lack thereof:
“How many Nativity scenes have you seen this Christmas season? Is Jesus in the decorations and lights or are they only commercial settings? Jesus is the reason for Christmas. We have been conditioned to change this to “Happy Holidays” and winter festivals so as not to offend anyone.”
Does he have a point?
And the Post staff writer Lulu Ramadan has been extensively about the controversy surrounding a Satanic tribute erected at Sanborn Square park in Boca Raton.
On Tuesday, Ramadan reported that more than 50 members of Church of All Nations in Boca Raton church marched, prayed and chanted that afternoon for the removal of the display, which was placed last week between a Christmas tree and Biblical Nativity scene at the public park.
“Tear this thing down,” Rev. Mark Boykin shouted into a megaphone, met with cheers from the crowd. Preston Smith, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, secured permits before placing the aluminum pentagram at the park.
Above the pentagram, a sign reads: “In Satan we trust. One nation under Antichrist.”
City leaders are in a tough spot. The only thing saving them so far is that no formal complaint has been filed against the group.
But what should they do if a complaint is filed? Take our quickie poll and tell us here…