Judge blocks Nativity displays in Santa Monica

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  1. Lucky Pierre

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    The city of Santa Monica can bar seasonal displays, including a Nativity scene that has appeared in Palisades Park for nearly 60 years, a federal judge ruled Monday.

    In a closely watched case that has attracted national attention, Judge Audrey B. Collins denied a request from the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to erect multiple large displays depicting the story of the birth of Jesus in the park overlooking the ocean. The coalition of churches has erected the displays every December since the 1950s.

    But last year, after requests for display spots exceeded the space allotted, the city held a lottery to allocate spaces. Atheists won 18 of 21 spots. A Jewish group won another. The traditional Nativity story that used to take up 14 displays was crammed into two.Controversy erupted, and as a result, the city decided the lottery would become increasingly costly. Last June, the City Council voted to ban all private unattended displays.

    "The atheists won," said William Becker, attorney for the Nativity group. He then went on to compare the city to Pontius Pilate, the judge at Jesus' trial, saying: "It's a shame about Christmas. Pontius Pilate was exactly the same kind of administrator."

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    dude thinks he is a badass w/ his arms folded
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    People have too much free time.
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    21 spots

    atheist got 18 of them, Jewish group got 1, Christians the other 2

    lol
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    Fuck atheists that protest against religious displays. Those dudes are pussies and i bet if you cocked your fist at them they would go running for zee hills.
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    Big fucking deal...boo hoo christians
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    I know a Christian who fights against religious displays. He does it because he knows if they allow the ten commandments, nativity displays etc that they will have to allow all forms of religious displays, islam, hindu, flying spaghetti monster etc. We have freedom of religion which means any religion.

    Myself I'm an atheist but I have too many other things I would rather do than protest anything religious.
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    Does that guy use Howard Stern's dentist? :wtf:
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    I have really mixed feelings on this subject, that I've not yet been able to reconcile. I resent the fuck out of anyone shoving their religion down my throat, but I'm also pretty old-fashioned and nostalgic, for an atheist. (srs)
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    christians fighting for idolatry :facepalm:
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    good for him

    Merry Mythmas
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    I am an atheist as well, and find this shit laughable.

    Personally, I could give two shits what people put on their own property...
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    Christians are free to worship 24 hours a day, every day of the year in their homes, their churches, their private schools, etc and no one will ever tell them otherwise.

    But for some bizarre reason, that has never been good enough for them. Instead they insist on public displays, government buildings, currency, public schools, pledge of allegiance, etc, etc, etc, etc.

    So odd.
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    organized non-religion :facepalm:
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    It's city property they are talking about here.
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    public park is the question, fuckstick
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    "The atheists won," said William Becker, attorney for the Nativity group. He then went on to compare the city to Pontius Pilate, the judge at Jesus' trial, saying: "It's a shame about Christmas. Pontius Pilate was exactly the same kind of administrator."

    So, no celebrating Christmas at all in Santa Monica ?:jj:
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    almost as though God matters to society :bigthink

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