Festivus is still good for a laugh among "Seinfeld" loyalists, even 11 years after the episode was first broadcast.
Funny, but nobody's laughing much about the Festivus pole that popped up under the dome of the Illinois Capitol this week.
Not the people who set up the nearby nativity scene.
"I think it's a mockery," said Dan Zanoza, chairman of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee.
Not the atheists who set up their own Capitol display.
"If the state's going to create a forum for religion at this time of year, which we do not approve of, this is what's going to happen," said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
TPJ: The Christians (like usual) are missing the point. The Christians are feel that their religious traditions are being mocked and disrespected and yet that is the very reason that the Atheists are trying to get their displayed posted too. They feel disrespected, discriminated against for their lack of belief and offended that public government buildings are honoring one set of beliefs over others.
We Atheists are upset that the government isn't honoring the Constitution's requirement that government not establish a religion. So allowing a nativity scene to be displayed on government property but not allowing other groups their displays is heading down the path toward establishing and giving preference to one religion over another.
Yes, the Constitution also says that the government shouldn't prevent the free exercise of religion but it doesn't say the free exercise of only one religion--Christianity. It applies to all religions. Atheists don't fight Christanity to be annoying and just "for fun" but because government buildings should be religiously neutral since Americans of all beliefs and those of no beliefs use them and pay taxes to keep them running. Happy Festivus for the rest of us!!!
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