If you were reading Hot Air over the holidays last year, you may recall seeing this story from Santa Monica, California.
This year, however, atheists have taken over most of the two-block stretch, nearly shutting out and angering a group of churches who contend the atheists have organized against the Christians and gamed a city lottery process allocating the holiday exhibit space…
The atheists are declaring the politically left-leaning seaside town of Santa Monica as their latest battleground in a national movement to assert their rights.
“I’m part of a growing movement in America of atheists standing up for their rights. It’s a very exciting time for us that we’re having more of an impact in our society,” said Damon Vix, the organizer of the atheist group.
Apparently, everything old is new again, because Mr. Vix is back and more unpleasant than ever. Unfortunately, his unrelenting, personal war on Christmas seems to have taken a toll on the city, which has now thrown up their arms in exasperation and cancelled their entire display.
Damon Vix didn’t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.
The atheist’s anti-God message alongside a life-sized nativity display in a park overlooking the beach ignited a debate that burned brighter than any Christmas candle.
Santa Monica officials snuffed the city’s holiday tradition this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. Their attorney will ask a federal judge Monday to resurrect the depiction of Jesus’ birth, while the city aims to eject the case.
This guy and his friends aren’t trying to impart any sort of competing message. They’re just trying to ruin the spirit of the holiday for everyone else. It’s just a shame that someone has to go to these lengths to satisfy their craving for attention and desire to belittle the beliefs of others. This is the fourth straight year that Vix has been up to these shenanigans and, apparently, no amount of public scorn, shame or ire will dissuade him from his little hobby.