“And bone-by-bone she laid him on the grass”

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For years only Christian displays were allowed at the Loudon county courthouse in Virginia.  These displays probably came under attack on the grounds that government should not be in the business of promoting religion and as a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.  So rather than ban these displays completely, the county crafted a compromise that would allow a wide-variety of religious and secular symbols.

This year, Skele-Santa made the cut.  Huzzah!

High school student Jeff Heflin submitted Skele-Santa to “depict society’s materialistic obsessions and addictions and how it is killing the peace, love, joy and kindness that is supposed to be prevalent during the holiday season.’”

But Skele-Santa was short-lived.  A woman who did not approve of the display took matters into her own hands and pulled Skele-Santa apart.  In the video above, the woman states that she destroyed the display because she found it to be offensive.  When pressed as to what exactly was offensive about it, she had no answer.

I personally love this, and will be crafting my own Skele-Santa this weekend.

The story and video teach an important message for the holiday season.  If you don’t protect the rights of others to make potentially offensive speech, then the government and people like the little ady in the video will take over and ruin it for everyone.


source:  Washington Post

~ by siouxsielaw on December 13, 2011.

7 Responses to ““And bone-by-bone she laid him on the grass””

  1. I am Christian, and I have absolutely no issue with this- The display, I mean. Why in the world this woman went psycho I cannot even fathom.

    Maybe she needs her meds adjusted?

  2. People are such dopes. Clearly, this lady hasn’t ever heard of Krampus or the history of Santa. I would hope that she would be shocked and outraged to find out that she is defending a pagan tradition. But, I bet she wouldn’t care. Happy Holidays!

  3. I am also a Christian, but I have a freaking sense of humor and irony, unlike some. Freedom of speech only works if it is freedom for all speech (with the constitutional recognized exceptions against incitement), not just the speech YOU like.

    It reminds me of the furor in my youth when John Lennon said, speaking of the Beatles, “We are more popular than Jesus Christ.” Just as then, instead of becoming enraged at the statement, people should THINK — “Is it true? Who do I live MY life.”

    But perhaps I ask too much of my fellow men and women?

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, or whatever your chosen holiday.


  4. Wait – did that lady at about 1:50 actually say the person “wants to counter the Christmas tree and anything else that has to do with Christ and Christmas…”??? Wow, that makes no sense at all. What does the Christmas tree have to do with Christ, again? 🙂

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