A California city’s annual Christmas display would have taken on a much different tone this year had city officials not called the entire event off. An outspoken atheist vowed to set up camp alongside the nativity scenes and spread his apparently nihilistic view of the season.
The same man organized a takeover of the event in 2011, which resulted in nearly all of the displays being manned by atheists calling Christianity a myth and offering a tribute to such gods as the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Rather than get involved in the brouhaha that would inevitably result, local leaders decided to cancel the program several churches had worked incredibly hard to coordinate. The congregations have since obtained legal counsel and plan to sue the city for violating their freedom of speech.
The head of the committee behind the suit called this decision “a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day,” explaining the elaborate display is now in seek of a home, “something like our Savior had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested.”
One prominent atheist spokesperson explained the thought process behind ambushing existing Christmas programs. ”In recent years, the tactic of many in the atheist community has been if you can’t beat them, join them,” he said. “If these church groups insist that these public spaces are going to be dominated by a Christian message, we’ll just get in the game—and that changes everything.”
Atheists, like homosexuals and other groups, have become far more vocal in recent years. These small minorities are wielding greater and greater control over the free expression of those with whom they disagree. A recent study showing the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans has grown by 33 percent in the last five years and suggests that this trend is only going to increase.
Another leader in the atheist movement warned the faithful that non-believers “have muscle and we’re flexing it,” telling them to “ignore our numbers at your peril.”
The atheist population seems eager to find injustice where there is none, but I do admire their commitment to their cause. If the community of believers in America had the courage to stand up and say, “Ignore our numbers at your peril,” I believe we would see a decrease of incidents like this that gradually abridges our rights.
B. Christopher Agee founded The Informed Conservative in 2011. Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.
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