Along with covering the real conflict in the Middle East, Fox News also provides full coverage for the bogus "War on Christmas." This so called "war" is an annual holiday (ewww, I said a bad word) Fox News feature that advances the Fox patented whine about how evil atheists are just trying to ruin things for godly Christians. So it wasn't a surprise to hear Roger Ailes' personal attorney, litigator for the NY Catholic arch-diocese, Maltese Knight, and Fox "friend" Peter Johnson Jr. (whose names are euphemisms for penis) sadly proclaim, to his fellow Christian/Christmas warrior Steve Doocy, that the first shot in this non-existent war has been fired. While the reality based community has more to think about than supposed insults to the Baby Jesus, for Fox News it's a BFD!!!
To dramatic music and a visual that said "Prescription for Justice," Jesus BFF Steve Doocy announced that "it's a not so merry start to the holiday season, the Christmas holiday season" (screw you Hanukah celebrating Jews). He reported that Santa Monica is "ending its 60 year tradition of setting up Nativity scenes along Ocean Ave." Steve explained that last year, evil atheists took the majority of the booths and the city didn't want to "referee a religious rumble." He reported that a group of churches is challenging the decision.
He introduced a distraught Johnson who proclaimed that "unfortunately, the first salvo in the War on Christmas has been shot." He waxed orgasmic about the tradition of the Nativity scenes. Johnson explained that in the past years, the "atheist folks" have won a lottery which allowed them to put up their displays which include the "Great Spaghetti Monster." He reported that a number of churches and the Santa Monica Police Association is going to court to demand that the display continue. Doocy explained that the atheists put up anti-Christian displays and the city decided "it's not worth the trouble."
Johnson accused the city of succumbing to "the heckler's veto" which is impeding other people's right to have the display. He referenced court decisions that allow the Nativity and the Menorah. But according to Johnson, the city said "a pox on all your houses, religion is going out the window, we're not going to allow the First Amendment to prevail here and the result, in the public square, is that Christian and Jewish symbols will not be allowed to be displayed in Santa Monica." (Cue the inevitable death threats that ensue when the nice Fox Christians get their dander up.) He noted that those who want the Nativity are going to court because "the war on Christmas has begun, unfortunately." Johnson said it was "a wonderful thing to see" and that "it's disappointing that it's gone by the boards."
Johnson didn't quote Santa Monica's deputy city attorney who said that "the decision to ban the displays also saves the city, which had administered the cumbersome lottery process used to award booths, both time and money while preserving the park's aesthetics." He also didn't mention that pesky church/state thing. But why would he on Jesus' very own network that provides storm troopers in a war that's just as mythical as the flying spaghetti monster!
Update: The Christian group's request for an injunction to force the city to re-open the spaces for the holiday displays as been denied. The lawyer for the group will appeal.