Visitors to a nativity scene in Lucerne, Switzerland, got fits of the giggles when they saw a figure of Mary apparently performing oral sex on Joseph.
But not everyone appreciated the work of the pranksters who rearranged the figures to suggest that Jesus’ mum was giving Joseph a Christmas a blow job.
Franz Schumacher, who created the nativity scene at the market in the picturesque Swiss city, called the prank “disrespectful” and added that it was not funny that his work has been “desecrated”.
That hurts me very much. They do not know that it offends others. But their brains cannot think that far ahead as they have probably drowned them in alcohol.
But, while many did find it funny, the Metro reports that the majority did not enjoy the change, branding it a “shame”.
One passer-by said:
They are really stupid people who did this. I mean, even children have had a look at this.
The Catholic Church also condemned the “unacceptable”vandalism. The local spokesman for the church, Urban Schwegler said:
It is unacceptable to destroy the property of others. And it is also intolerable that someone violates the religious feelings of others.
But in Texas, one deranged Christian believes it’s perfectly OK to ruin Christians for kids and their parents.
The Friendly Atheist Hermant Mehta reports that David Grisham Jr, a self-described Christian “pastor” who recently ran the fringe group Repent Amarillo, strolled into a Texas mall, found a bunch of kids and parents waiting in line to take a picture with Santa, and yelled out that Santa wasn’t real … because Jesus was the true reason for the season.
Representing a new loony tunes group, Last Frontier Evangelism, he yelled at people in the Amarillo shopping centre
… When you substitute the lie of Santa Claus in the heart of your child for the truth of Jesus Christ, you are bearing false witness against God. Don’t lie to your children and tell them there’s such a thing as Santa, when you know in reality that there are no flying reindeer, there is no workshop at the North Pole, there is no elves making toys, that you buy all the gifts and put ’em under the tree.
That’s all the truth. And there is no real Santa Claus. There is no Santa. It is not your place to lie to your children. Tell them the truth about Jesus Christ.
Grisham is essentially encouraging parents to substitute one myth for another … but that’s a decision the parents should be able to make for themselves. While plenty of atheists would take issue with religious indoctrination – in part, because it’s meant to last a lifetime – most atheists have no problem telling kids about Santa because there’s an expectation they’ll grow out of it.
There’s joy in (temporarily) letting them believe the story and spirit of the holidays … and there’s also joy in seeing children work out the logic behind why Santa Claus doesn’t exist.
Grisham took that away from them. What he did was no different than standing outside a movie theater and spoiling the story for everyone still waiting to buy tickets. It doesn’t make anyone sympathize with his passion; it makes them want nothing to do with him. Ever.
In 2010, Grisham posted a video of a firing squad executing Santa — because it distracted people from Jesus. Grisham is also well-known for targeting gay pride events.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Grisham report).