It’s an oft-repeated tale: The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the nation’s premiere hate groups, threatens expensive legal action because a community allowed Christ to be mentioned in public, and the community’s leaders feel compelled to surrender.
And as is typical, it all starts with one whiny “non-believer” who claims just enough religious sensitivity to be offended by other people’s religions, then the well-funded national group of lawyers swoops in.
This time, the victims are the residents of a small town called Piedmont, Alabama, and the crime scene was the annual Christmas parade.
But this particular assault on religious freedom by the FFRF was a revenge attack.
Earlier this year, the FFRF and Piedmont tangled over prayers at football games. Following their usual strategy, the FFRF bullied Piedmont into officially cancelling prayers at the start of games.
But the people of Piedmont wouldn’t back down and crowds began a new tradition of gathering to pray out loud without official sanction.
With egg on their face, the forever-aggrieved atheists then set their sights on the Christmas parade after the parade committee chose the theme of “Keep Christ in Christmas.” It was such an outrageous notion in a small, church-filled town like Piedmont, that people didn’t bat an eye.
Except for one.
But once again, some believer in nonbelief claiming to have no religion somehow felt religiously offended and sicced the FFRF on the town.
FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote in a letter to the mayor that the parade theme “alienates non-Christians and others in Piedmont who do not in fact have a ‘strong belief in prayers’ by turning them into political outsiders in their own community. The sentiment of ‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’ does not qualify as a secular celebration.”
Firstly, duh. Christmas is not secular, but it does happen to be something celebrated by the majority of people in Piedmont — people who have a constitutional right to express themselves and celebrate publicly.
There is nothing unconstitutional about a town celebrating its heritage. It’s called diversity.
If atheists feel like alienated political outsiders, it’s because they have made themselves such. When the day comes that atheists have something positive to add to the community that doesn’t involve tearing down Christians, then they can join in.
The FFRF is to Christians what the KKK is to blacks. If the FFRF didn’t have complicit courts’ and liberal lawmakers’ support, they’d probably be out there torching Christian monuments and terrorizing churchgoers.
Every year at Christmas time, atheist groups haul out their attack ads, like the bus ad campaign this year that features a little girl allegedly writing a letter to Santa asking not to have to go to church because she’s too old for “fairy tales.”
There are actually honest atheists out there in the world who have come to their conclusions through great deliberation and soul-searching (meat-searching?), and whose beliefs do not rest on a foundation of anti-Christian hatred.
Those are not the atheists in the FFRF, whose sole purpose seems to be to crush Christianity and make atheism the state religion.
The atheism promulgated by the FFRF has absolutely nothing positive to contribute to society. It exists solely for the purpose of twisting the law and tearing down other religions.
Fortunately, the townsfolk of Piedmont aren’t the sort to back down from a fight. While the city felt forced to officially not have a parade theme, that didn’t stop people from contributing religious-themed floats or from printing up and carrying a whole lot of signs with “Keep Christ in Christmas” on them.
In its letter to the mayor, the FFRF demanded the town find a “more appropriate, more inclusive, and constitutional theme.”
How about “Keep Atheists Out of Christmas”?