Friday, 12 December 2008

Christmas cheer

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We've been trying to bring some to you with our Advent Podcasts, but we're afraid we can't quite equal the good folks at the Westboro Baptist Church, who are looking to put the following message next to the nativity scene at the Washington state capitol building:
"You'd better watch out, get ready to cry, You'd better go hide, I'm telling you why 'cuz Santa Claus will take you to hell. He is your favorite idol, you worship at his feet, but when you stand before your God He won't help you take the heat. So get this fact straight: you're feeling God's hate, Santa's to blame for the economy's fate, Santa Claus will take you to hell."
Look at our picture of him. Now fear him. . . Anyhow, this ridiculous turn of events is part of an ongoing saga over the display of a nativity scene at the capitol building. It seems that separation of church and state means that if the Washington state government are going to allow a nativity on their premises, they have to allow, and at least consider, the display of competing viewpoints. As a result atheist signs have been displayed, including this message from the Freedom From Religion Foundation:
At this season of the winter solstice may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
Of course counter-signs hitting back at atheism have appeared, and at one point the atheist sign was stolen, before turning up again at a Seattle radio station. All this means the state has to consider any request for a display, however ridiculous. They're currently looking at Festivus and Flying Spaghetti Monster messages, and also the Westboro Baptist Church dose of goodwill.

Just one more thing. I can sort of understand the whole false idol problem the WBC might have with Father Christmas, but blaming him for the state of the economy. I think he'd plead not guilty to that one.