Merry Religion-Non-Specific Winter Holiday!

Merry Religion-Non-Specific Winter Holiday!

If it’s those four weeks between Thanksgiving and December 25, then it must be time once again for the Christmas Wars. The first salvo comes from Chicago where the new movie “The Nativity Story” has been deemed inappropriate as a sponsor of the Christkindlmarket, the German Christmas festival, because “it might offend non-Christians.”

Yes, re-read that. People attending a Christmas festival might be offended by a poster advertising a movie about the first Christmas. That’s like holding a D-Day commemoration on June 6 and banning a poster for the movie “Saving Private Ryan” because it might offend pacifists.

The city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another, said Cindy Gatziolis, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. She acknowledged there is a nativity scene, but also said there will be representations of other faiths, including a Jewish menorah, all put up by private groups. She stressed that the city did not order organizers to drop the studio as a sponsor.

When an American city holds a special event commemorating the Muslim holy day of Eid-al-fitr, and you know one will if it hasn’t already, I want there to be Jewish and Christian symbols present in order not “to appear to endorse one religion over another.”

Bureaucrats: making society safe for agnostics, atheists, and professional Scrooges.

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Domenico Bettinelli