Christians in This Town Dropped Out of a Nativity Procession Because It Was Hosted By an LGBT-Affirming Church

For 42 years, there was a Nativity scene placed in a local park in Bellevue, Kentucky. But in order to prevent any potential church/state separation lawsuits, the display was moved to St. John United Church of Christ. Which is exactly what they should’ve done a long time ago, though it’s really wonderful that the city did the right thing without an atheist group having to force their hand.

There’s also another tradition in Bellevue. Local churches gather around the Nativity scene every year and have a procession with Bible readings and a candlelight vigil. On Friday night, that procession was scheduled to be held at St. John UCC — instead of the park where it had taken place in the past — but the four other churches in the area all declined the invitation.

What was the problem?

It turns out the UCC church is just too damn inclusive. They have a gay pastor. They welcome LGBT church members. And the other churches want nothing to do with that pesky idea of “tolerance”:

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Tomorrow, Festivus Pole Goes Up in Florida Capitol Building, Right Alongside the Nativity Scene

This year, the holiday displays inside Florida’s Capitol building are going to be just a little more inclusive than usual:

After hearing about a group installing a manger display in the State Capitol as well as another group intending to add the Three Wise Men, Deerfield Beach resident Chaz Stevens, a self-proclaimed “militant atheist,” felt that his Festivus pole rightfully deserved a place there as well.

So he asked the Governor’s office if he could pretty please erect his ode to Festivus,

an 8-foot-tall tower made of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans. He received the approval [yesterday] and will be making the trip up to Tallahassee to install the Festivus pole himself this Wednesday.



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Taiwanese Animators Tackle An Atheist’s Christmas

It’s NSFW for reasons I’m not quite sure I want to explain to you… but it’s kinda worth it for the Taiwanese Animators’ opening shot alone:



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Todd Starnes of Fox News Lies Again: A Texas School Did Not Ban Christmas Trees and the Colors Red & Green

I think this is the third fake story “reported” by Fox News’ Todd Starnes in the past two weeks. But I could be wrong since I’ve only read three of his stories in the past two weeks.

His latest version of “fair and balanced” spin takes us to Frisco, Texas, where Starnes writes that an elementary school has “banned Christmas trees and the colors red & green from an upcoming ‘winter’ party”:



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Chicago Sun-Times Columnist (Who Doesn’t Believe in God) Calls Atheists ‘Zealots,’ ‘Aggressive,’ and ‘Joyless’

Last week, the Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed an 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A monument and banner in downtown’s Daley Plaza (on Dearborn and Washington):

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, himself a self-hating atheist in the style of S.E. Cupp, can’t stand the displays. But before he could explain why, he took the time to complain about atheists as a whole:

I am not an atheist. Atheists are zealots, too, elevating denial of the divine into a kind of faux religion, complete with pieties, and manage to be as aggressive and joyless as those who at least can blame a higher power for making them the way they are.

Rather, I am an agnostic. Agnostics know what we know but don’t make a fuss. We’re the Unitarians of the nonbelief community.

The reason Steinberg thinks atheists are joyless is because all the happy ones manage to stay away from him.

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