This time, at the lawn in front of the Leesburg County Court House in Virginia:
Beside a Christmas tree and creche sits a large banner with a nativity scene in which baby Jesus has been replaced by a plate of spaghetti with googly eyes. A crowd that includes pirates and gnomes surrounds Jesus. At the bottom its message reads “Touched by an Angelhair.” The scene is the work of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monsters.
Near the courthouse fence is another display whose sign reads ”Greetings From Your Friendly Local Atheists.” It’s message is about celebrating the Constitution and honoring the separation of church and state.
Elsewhere on the lawn, a skeleton in a Santa suit hangs on a cross.
They killed Santa?
A local politician who was just elected (but not yet installed) as County Supervisor, Kenneith Reid is apoplectic.
Reid, who happens to be Jewish, claims that the Atheists have totally ruined Christmas, and that by putting their “beliefes” out in the open instead of just keeping their dirty godless mouths shut, they are forcing these “beliefs” on everyone else.
“Nobody is out there preaching like these guys. They’re out there in a blatant attempt to try to stamp out religion and ruin people’s Christmas,” Reid said. “The atheist groups over the past two years have used it as an opportunity to try to ban everything. It’s no longer sufficient to be an atheist, they have to go out there and proactively try to deny and make sure other people don’t believe in God.”
The atheists have a different take on this:
“The whole thing is a separation of church and state issue. We’ve been accused of trying to destroy Christmas, and that could not be further from the truth,” Rick Wingrove, the Virginia state director for American Atheists, told ABCNews.com. “There’s no war on Christmas. If there were a war on Christmas, I would have gotten a memo.”
No War on Christmas indeed!!!