Susan Hemeryck strolled into the rotunda of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee Dec. 23 with a specific goal in mind: to destroy a religious display she didn’t like.
The target of Hemeryck’s wrath was a diorama erected by the Satanic Temple. The humanistic group, backed with legal firepower from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sought and won permission to display at the rotunda a depiction of an angel falling into a pit of fire.
Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. "The Wall of Separation" will be on hiatus until Monday, Dec. 29. Happy Holidays to all!
It's Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren't making note of it at all.
What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?
It’s Christmas Eve, and I thought you might appreciate an update on the “war on Christmas.”
To be honest, things have been kind of quiet this year – too quiet. It seems to me that not a creature is stirring – not even a mouse!
Sure, we had that business in Florida with the Satanic Temple. As you might recall, the rotunda of the State Capitol played host to a privately sponsored nativity scene and other religious messages (including a depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), so Americans United helped the Satanic Temple win a spot for its display too.
It’s almost Christmas, and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) isn’t going to let you forget it. In a special resolution introduced Wednesday, the congressman celebrated his idea of the reason for the season — and condemned church/state separation advocates in the process. (Lamborn introduces the resolution every year.)
“We give thanks for Jesus’ message of love and peace and remember the sacrifice He made for us all. It is a season of giving, of love, and of joy,” he said.
A Maryland school district recently decided to remove all religious holiday names from its official calendar, but this isn’t another chapter in the phony “war on Christmas.”
It’s not a battle in the “war” on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Easter, either.
Earlier this week, FoxNews.com published a column by Religious Right attorney Kelly Shackelford accusing Americans United and other groups of ignoring the allegedly overwhelming evidence that there is a “war on Christmas.”
In his column, Shackelford mentioned several incidents that he insists are proof of this war. Let’s take a closer look at them, shall we?
The Religious Right is constantly complaining that “angry atheists” and “radical secularists” are kicking Christ out of Christmas, but a new poll suggests that more and more Americans – Christians included – increasingly view Christmas as a secular holiday rather than a religious one.
Yesterday Fox News and Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” reported that a public school in Bulloch County, Ga., had banned Christmas cards. According to the Beck site, this was done because earlier this year Americans United had demanded that the school order teachers to “curtail religious expression while teaching.”