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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:32 PM
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34. The Owner of the Santa was NOT an atheist, according to SNOPES.... ....
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 06:33 PM by Duppers
"The owner of the display is Middleburg resident, Jeff Heflin Jr.

On Heflins application he wrote the description of his display as art work of Santa on a cross to depict societys materialistic obsessions and addictions and how it is killing the peace, love, joy and kindness that is supposed to be prevalent during the holiday season.
Heflin is not part of any organization and sponsored the display himself.

Of course, I'm not really puzzled, since it's typical to label any work that uses religious symbolism in a negative way as "atheist," regardless of the religiosity or intent of its creator. No point in letting pesky facts get in the way.

"The skeleton was nailed to a cross on Monday by a mother and son associated with an atheist group, one of the nine approved displays for the Christmas season."

Indeed, but the article pretty clearly states that the display was applied for and owned by someone else. It's contradictory, but it sounds to me like the mother and son were simply the ones who installed it, not the ones who conceived it.

I think it was a copy-cat idea, see:

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  -Atheist display: Skeleton Santa nailed to a cross - destroyed sinkingfeeling  Dec-06-11 11:26 AM   #0 
  - Either all people can make displays on government propery, or none.  Quartermass   Dec-06-11 11:29 AM   #1 
  - Yep! It's pretty simple in my book. n/t  RKP5637   Dec-06-11 11:32 AM   #2 
  - Yep.  Arugula Latte   Dec-06-11 11:32 AM   #3 
  - In principle I agree...  redqueen   Dec-06-11 11:55 AM   #6 
  - At least Santa had some clothes on. I'm sick of seeing half-naked-tortured Jesus all over town.  Hassin Bin Sober   Dec-06-11 12:27 PM   #10 
  - Why? Cause Jesus has ripped abs?  redqueen   Dec-06-11 12:46 PM   #12 
  - Why because it threatens the pervasive tacky, commercialized perversion of Christmas?  LoveIsNow   Dec-06-11 12:48 PM   #13 
     - No, because Christmas and Santa are mostly for children.  redqueen   Dec-06-11 12:59 PM   #14 
        - And here I thought Christmas was about peace and love and had nothing at all to do with  sinkingfeeling   Dec-06-11 01:07 PM   #16 
           - Yes, it's obviously also about peace and love.  redqueen   Dec-06-11 01:11 PM   #17 
           - Why yes, thank you. I do not see the crucified Santa as any type of atheist statement. I see it, as  sinkingfeeling   Dec-06-11 02:23 PM   #20 
           - Christmas was never about Christ on the cross, though.  redqueen   Dec-06-11 05:24 PM   #31 
           - It's got to be a better way of getting a message across than vandalism nt  NoGOPZone   Dec-06-11 02:27 PM   #21 
           - I'm an Atheist  RobinA   Dec-06-11 03:02 PM   #27 
              - It's just stupid.  redqueen   Dec-06-11 05:25 PM   #32 
           - It is about peace and love.  HappyMe   Dec-06-11 01:14 PM   #18 
  - I definitely agree with that but...  Blasphemer   Dec-06-11 02:53 PM   #24 
  - The county originally wanted to do away with all displays to protect the courthouse grounds  Neurotica   Dec-06-11 06:43 PM   #35 
  - reminds me of my introduction to Landover Baptist Church  fishwax   Dec-06-11 11:40 AM   #4 
  - Well, they got the reaction they wanted  kctim   Dec-06-11 11:50 AM   #5 
  - In fact I'm sure it was an atheist that destroyed the display..  Fumesucker   Dec-06-11 12:14 PM   #9 
  - I imagine it was a rather selfish person-  LanternWaste   Dec-06-11 03:18 PM   #28 
     - I saw the video, turns out I was wrong..  Fumesucker   Dec-06-11 03:46 PM   #30 
        - It was a religious nut trying to put the "Christ" back in the holiday they adopted...  redqueen   Dec-06-11 05:31 PM   #33 
  - Yeah, but they sure don't get from Thanksgiving day until Dec. 26, do they?  sinkingfeeling   Dec-06-11 01:05 PM   #15 
  - I'm sure they will come up with something else  kctim   Dec-06-11 02:51 PM   #23 
  - Sounds like it. nt  Union Scribe   Dec-06-11 02:32 PM   #22 
  - Reid feels that the display crossed the line. I wonder how he feels about vandalism. nt  NoGOPZone   Dec-06-11 11:57 AM   #7 
  - Well the local story was  hootinholler   Dec-06-11 12:11 PM   #8 
     - A channel 9 (CBS) reporter was told she couldn't film there!  Neurotica   Dec-06-11 06:50 PM   #36 
  - HO HO HO  Generic Other   Dec-06-11 12:30 PM   #11 
  - Local news filming vandalism of the display evicted  hootinholler   Dec-06-11 01:38 PM   #19 
  - Why couldn't they have just done a nice winter solstice display instead?  YellowRubberDuckie   Dec-06-11 02:53 PM   #25 
  - That was just trolling  Courtesy Flush   Dec-06-11 02:54 PM   #26 
  - I am an atheist and I don't feel crucified skeleton Santa was appropriate or that it represents me.  Edweird   Dec-06-11 03:36 PM   #29 
  - The Owner of the Santa was NOT an atheist, according to SNOPES.... ....  Duppers   Dec-06-11 06:32 PM   #34 

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