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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-10 08:28 PM
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The So-Called “War on Christmas”: Waged by Ignorant Armies on Both Sides
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There’s a controversial billboard in New Jersey featuring what appears to be a traditional nativity scene:

A bright star shines in the night sky above the silhouettes of a man and a woman kneeling beside a manger in a humble barn, with three men riding on camels approaching.

What’s causing the big controversy (if the strife-hungry news media can be believed, anyway) is not this rather conventional representation of the birth of Jesus; it’s the eye-grabbing message above it that creating a stir:

“You know it’s a MYTH! This season, celebrate REASON!”

According to American Atheists, the group sponsoring the billboard, the message is targeting what they call “closet atheists” who are supposedly afraid to express their true beliefs, or nonbeliefs, during this time of year.

However, as you can imagine, the billboard has also caught the attention of many Christian believers.

The Catholic League, in fact, has sponsored a billboard across from the atheists’ sign featuring a large image of people dressed as the stereotypical Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus with “You Know it’s Real. This Season, Celebrate Jesus.” written above it in large letters.

In the report I saw on TV Wednesday morning, the CBS correspondent, known for her quirky focus on offbeat stories, featured representatives from the two opposing sides. The atheist basically derided people of faith for believing in a God that everyone “knows” doesn’t exist, while the believer accused atheists of believing in nothing or in the “fairy tale” of evolution.

Blah blah blah humbug.

This “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I” level of discourse illustrates for me what I find so frustrating about the alleged “War on Christmas” we hear about as the holiday season approaches, as well as the grudge-match these two groups have year-round.

What both sides don’t seem to get is that yes, Virginia, the Christmas story IS a myth, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Before you think I’ve been sampling the spiked eggnog early, let me explain.

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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 03:54 AM
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1. Nice strawman. nt
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