Judge Rules Against Christian Group in Santa Monica; They Cannot Put Up a Nativity Scene on Public Property

Earlier today, I mentioned that a Christian group in Santa Monica, California wanted a judge to give them special treatment so they could put up a Nativity Scene in a public park. The lawsuit was filed after atheists decided they wanted (and received) equal access to the park to put up their own signs.

Now, a judge has ruled against the Christians, saying they don’t get special privileges just because they love the Jesus:

A federal judge on Monday denied a Christian group’s bid for a preliminary injunction to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.

U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins formalized an earlier tentative ruling during a hearing.

William Becker, the attorney for the Christian group, said he will appeal.

“The atheists won and they will always win unless we get courts to understand how the game is played and this is a game that was played very successfully and they knew it,” Becker said after the hearing.

The “game” he’s referring to is called “Following the Constitution.” The atheists know the document well and they know they have as much of a right to space in a public park as any religious group does. Becker would be doing himself a favor if he actually read the rules of the Game. (Or maybe just Rule #1.)

Until Becker appeals the ruling, the rest of us will be over here, smugly looking at him with an “I told you so” look and pulling a Nelson Muntz.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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