This might be one of my very favorite stories of the year, at least pertaining to Christianity and Christmas. I hope you enjoy it, too:
A town in Minnesota has responded to an atheist complaint about a nativity scene by emphasizing the reason for the season throughout the city.
Last January, a local atheist complained that Wadena’s nativity scene, placed on city property, was a violation of the separation of church and state.
Wadena is a town of approximately 4,000 in north-central Minnesota.
City officials considered the complaint throughout the year and Mayor George Weiss tells OneNewsNow that council members responded to the complaint in a November meeting by voting to sell the nativity props to the Wadena Ministerial Association for $25.
“Then they would be free to put it up anywhere that wasn’t city or county property,” the mayor says of the decision.
The controversy over the town’s nativity scene launched a Facebook page encouraging town residents to put up nativities all across Wadena.
According to Mayor Weiss, there are “well over a thousand” displayed across the city now.
Although an atheist tried to dampen the Christmas spirit, Weiss says, the town responded with an explosion of the Christmas spirit. (end article)
Z: I found this fun and I found the comments on Facebook (above) informative….such terrible nastiness from the atheist, almost unbelievable. I have so many Jewish friends who tell me they love this season … why everyone can’t embrace what they enjoy and just ignore what bugs them is beyond me. And why does it bug them? I honestly CAN see when Christian objects are on public property; I get that. But our country was founded on this faith and it did us well until we started insulting it and removing things… correlation? I think so.
I hope this article sent to me by a friend cheers you up!
Let’s watch more atheists (who I do believe have every right to their feelings, by the way) do this kind of thing….inadvertently pushing Christians to come out, to rejoice and ‘repeat the sounding joy’!
Z *and isn’t that image sweet?