Santa Monica forced to Cancel Christmas After Atheist Protest

A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays.

Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city’s holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight – prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. Their attorney will ask a federal judge on Monday to allow them to reproduce the depiction of Jesus’ birth, while the city aims to have the case thrown out.

‘It’s a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home, something like our savior had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested,’ said Hunter Jameson, head of the nonprofit Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee that is suing.

Missing from the courtroom drama will be Damon Vix and his fellow atheists, who are not parties to the case. Their role outside court highlights a tactical shift as atheists evolve into a vocal minority eager to get their non-beliefs into the public square as never before.

National atheist groups earlier this year took out full-page newspaper ads and hundreds of TV spots in response to Catholic bishops’ activism, around women’s health care issues and are gearing up to battle for their own space alongside public Christmas displays in small towns across America this season.

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  • mrbp

    Atheists and pediphyles are the same thing. Start getting rid of these parisites. Show some courgage Santa Monica, and put up your nativity scene and forget about this scum-bag atheist punk.

  • nexgenesis

    It is my opinion that we should cancel athiests. There are many who don’t believe that there is any such thing as a true athiest. I have found that when they get into life threating situations they almost always call out to God for help.

    • star

      we will have to pray for the atheist to get into situation where they will need to call on God.

  • raynbene

    It is long past time for anyone who cares about freedoms to push back on these atheists, because we have been caving in to their unbeliefs for too long, and they are empowered by our lack of united indignant, justified respose ! ! When have these people ever been empowered like this ?? Only since liberalis have taken over the culture and now they are trying actively to get kids to see their unbeliefs as having some kind of merit, or to get them to reject God. And look at how the family has broken up, and now even marriage and the family are things that many can’t even agree what they are !! Is it a wonder we have this happening now ?? I hope it’s not too late !

    • Atheists are only people! Push back with bigger and better Christian trimmings, and they will get the message–they won’t like it, but they will learn they cannot take our freedom of enjoying Christmas and not pay for their stupidity!
      Christians: Arise! Show the world what you are made of–and don’t back down from either Atheists or muslims! Or politicians, for that matter!

  • Jim

    I believe that atheists and those who represent them should forfeit ALL OF THEIR MONEY…after all it does say in GOD WE TRUST on it.

  • reggiec

    For those in California that are not fanatic liberals, Santa monica is known as “The Republik of Santa Monica”. They have been attempting to destroy themselves for years. Their past rent control measures destroyed apartment owners and then their property tax base because no one would buy apartment buildings under control. The value of the building went down in value so when they were sold they were at steep discounts thus lowering property tax revenue. Ah yes those unintended consequences do happen.

  • Samurai_Sam

    Amazing that these loud mouths can hold sway over the majority, but the majority has no say when it comes to the loud mouths.

    I am not a religious person myself but I find atheists to be extremely offensive and would like to see them banned from breathing. Do you suppose I could get enough signatures to have that legislation passed?

  • blogengeezer

    “The Truman Show” merged with “Groundhog Day” describes Santa Monica Cali. With BK of Cali imminent, we now know the reason they are uniting with other ‘Diversity Intolerant’ states, in fighting off the governmental separation of the self sufficient, independent provider states. The overwhelming numbers of perpetually dependency addicted, coupled with their ‘educators’ and elitists supporters, is now immense and even elects the US president. Read ‘The Harbinger’ for a glimpse of irony and ‘consequence’? “A voting democracy always gets the government …it rightfully Deserves”.

  • ALL AMERICAN

    TAKE OFF ATHEISTS. CHRIST JESUS IS HERE TO STAY.
    AMEN.

  • Why is it that people that beleive in something have to change to make someone else feel better when what they beleive in isn’t doing any harm.

  • Why is that the minority always rules? I thought it was supposed to be the majority rules.

  • Disgusted

    Santa Monica get some guts and stand your grand. Do NOT let the Athiests win on this on. Athiests are in the minority. I want to celebrate Christmas and I want to see the nativity scene displayed.

  • Lizelot

    Santa Monica is filled with progressives, and offers a very lame excuse for yielding to “pressure”, by one lonely dissenter. Wow, what spine. All you have to do is show intolerance and disrespect and it yields.

    Years earlier, Ontario, not that far from Santa Monica,and not as famous, was actually threatened by the ACLU when its traditional annual public display of several Holy Family artworks was discussed. The people got so incensed at this petty intolerance of a tradition that went back into the Thirties and harmed nobody, that it stiffened the back of the civic leaders. The displays stayed! They were vandalized, parts were stolen, but we donated money and manpower, and the displays will grace the Euclid median as they’ve done now for decades, reminding passersby that it is indeed Christmas and not simply the Season or the Holidays.

    Hey, Santa Monica, how about showing some spine and the right spirit!

  • I was always taught that Christians were brave in the face of adversity! However, the current crop don’t seem to have a brave bone in the whole bunch! Where are the glorious Christian Armies following the Cross of Jesus across the world, and doing good as they went?
    Don’t let the Atheists win! Go out and have a glorious Christmas with all the trimmings, and, if they protest, tell them to come on in–they might learn something, and for those churches who have potlucks along with prayer meetings, the way to their hearts would be through their stomachs–even Atheists like to eat!

  • Doug Rodrigues

    Am I to assume that atheists do not celebrate Christmas with their families? Do they work on Christmas Day or do they take the day off? Do they accept Christmas bonuses from their employers? Just curious?