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And MORE secular-bashing!

Reported by Chrish - December 21, 2004 -

In the "Stories you won't find on any other Sunday shows" segment of Fox News Sunday 12/19, two of three segments were about the continuing bashing of patriotic secularists who want to keep religious observances and traditions out of public and community places and events.

A newspaper in Colorado is giving all 90,000 subscribers a free Bible, justifying this disrespectful cramming by saying they have done it in the past, with laundry detergent and Internet service computer disks. How disengenuous to pretend there's no difference between selling soap and promoting a belief system.

The second segment was about how Americans in Havana were asked to take down Christmas decorations, and when they refused the Cuban government retaliated by putting up a swastika and pictures of prisoner abuse. I take it this is meant to equate people in this country who object to religious displays on/in public property with the hated commies.

And in the "clearest signal yet to politicians that messing with Christmas can have consequences", voters in Mustang, Oklahoma voted down an $11 million bond issue for schools, ostensibly because the school superintendent demanded that a Nativity scene be cut from a school holiday play.

What is ommitted from the "report" is that the OK Constitution requires a "super-majority" on school-bonds (to protect property owners) and while the bond garnered 54% of the vote it failed to reach the required 60%. Reports that the issue lost because of the cut Nativity scene are speculation. BTW, the superintendent cut the scene on the advice of not one but two independent lawyers.

Comments: I thought Fox viewers were all about the "fair and balanced". This repulsive fixation on Christian "victimization" is anything but - it's bullying.

On a related note, at the Post Office today I saw a choice of holiday stamps: secular (a Santa ornament), Christian Madonna and child, Jewish menorah, Kwaanza design, and one with Arabic writing, I don't know what it said.
Shortly after, volunteering at the library, I noticed a display case with a Christmas tree, a creche, a Menorah, a Kwaanza kinara, and related books.

I thought these were both appropriate as they acknowledged multiple cultural and religious traditions. However, I wonder if the post office won't someday find itself in a fix when Wiccans and other smaller groups demand their own stamps. We'll see.