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BobBarney

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I truly don't see the problem with towns putting up Christmas or other displays for the season. Christmas has become a national holiday so in essence it is no longer a religious holiday but a national one. I think that Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer demonstrates my point. Those symbols have nothing to do with Christianity.


Scott I agree with you. Our family does not observe Christmas at all. We think that it is pagan to the core, HOWEVER, we are not offended by anyone wishing us Merry Christmas, following it or for that matter, decorating city blocks with Christmas theme displays. This is a country where majority does rule and towns should have the right to do what they want regarding what is a legal holiday. For the most part, I would rather see no displays of religious nature in public places, except for what the local governemnts deem acceptable. This is a local matter and not a federal matter, or a Fox News  matter!!!  For example, our forefathers in New England OUTLAWED the observance of Chritmas, but the people in Virginia had Christams from the very start! This obviously implies that our framers thought the matter was one of local jurisdiction and not federal! I don't think Christmas was legal in Ct. for example until 1828!
 
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Just to inject some humor, I heard the opinion the other day that if the 3 Wise Men had been 3 Wise Women, they would have asked directions, arrived early with practical gifts, cleaned the stable, assisted in the delivery, and made a casserole before they left.

Oh you are soooo right, Edith!!!!!


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I truly don't see the problem with towns putting up Christmas or other displays for the season. Christmas has become a national holiday so in essence it is no longer a religious holiday but a national one. I think that Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer demonstrates my point. Those symbols have nothing to do with Christianity.

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Just to inject some humor, I heard the opinion the other day that if the 3 Wise Men had been 3 Wise Women, they would have asked directions, arrived early with practical gifts, cleaned the stable, assisted in the delivery, and made a casserole before they left.
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I agree with all of you, but unfortunatly, even displays on our own properties are becoming a forbidden thing.

Last year, there were several articles where people who lost children in the war put crosses with American Flags up on their property to commemorrate their losses. None of them were tacky or badly done or in poor taste. The 3 that I saw pictures of actually, in my opinion, should have been bigger considering how they died. And all 3 of them were sued by....

 
people driving by to work! YES! People who took that route to work each day were 'offended' that they had crosses up in their yards next to American Flags. They sued, and sadly won.

Eventually.... it will be anything Christian that is publically displayed anywhere that will be outlawed. Too many people get 'offended' over the tiniest things.

 
Remember gang, pretty soon, there will be no freedoms anymore.

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One of the bedrock principles of this country is the free expression of religious beliefs. Since Christmas is supposed to commemorate the birth of Christ, and I know there is some other views here, every Christian should have the right to privately display things marking the season. The real sacrilege is the way we have turned this holiday into a commercial, gift giving nightmare. We mark its success by the annual profit which has been made. I believe that this "profit motive" is the true reason there are so many public displays during this season. If you're truly an atheist, your reaction to all of this should be complete indifference.

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I agree Joe.


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I am a Christian. i'm not sure I understand why anyone (christian,Jew, athiest etc.) feels the need to put displays up on public property. Why don't we all just express our free speech by putting these things on our own property?! This is when everyone will see who is sincere and who is doing it just to spite another group.I don't see where it is the function of govt to display any religious symbols. I love Christmas, it is my favorite time of year and deck my house as I see fit. I see no reason why a public owned piece of property should ever display anything religious.
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