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Nativity Displays as Social Opportunities
December 26, 2014 J. P. Holding

Nativity Displays as Social Opportunities

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I’ve never had much interest in the whole debate over allowing displays of things like Nativity scenes, or the Ten Commandments, on public property. As far as I can see, that sort of thing is little more than an empty gesture that only addresses a symptom, not the real problem. It also doesn’t help much because once you render such things unto Caesar, Caesar will have his own ideas on ow to render unto you.

A case in point has to do with this account from here in Florida (link below) about how a group called the “Satanic Temple” has arranged to have a crude diorama placed in our Capitol rotunda as a sort of answer to a Nativity scene that was allowed to be placed there.

Now first of all, forget the “Satanic Temple” name. It’s not a true Satanist group, but pretty clear some atheist group’s idea of a joke. So are some other competing displays like one for the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Festivus pole. They’re all nothing more than attempts to mock the religious displays (which also include a menorah).


That said, although I still think public Nativity displays are not particularly meaningful, I do think the atheists have done us a public service with it in spite of themselves — because they’ve made themselves out to be shallow persons who think any thrown-together memorial is suitable to make a statement.

You can see for yourself that the “Satanic Temple” display looks like something a 5 year old would put together for a class project. The other displays aren’t much better and certainly don’t send a message that sounds anything like, “We care for what we do and believe.” No, the message is more like, “Nyah nyah, we can do this too!”


I’ll use that to segue into a point for a project that I put on my 2015 planning list, and which alludes to a post I made on my own blog some time ago (Link 2). On the one hand, we have groups like the ACLJ who go after groups like Barker’s FFRF (Freedom from Religion Foundation) when they make a fuss over things like Nativity scenes. We also have apologists like me who go after FFRF and Barker for promoting nonsense like, “Jesus didn’t exist and was based on Mithra!”


Why aren’t the two being connected? Wouldn’t ACLJ do well to make use of that “Jesus didn’t exist” stuff as part of a public relations war?


That’s a thought for the New Year.

 

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