By Seth Richardson
The Blaze reports on a New York artist who has managed to beat the Scrooges of the New York Transit Authority and the Atheist cranks at their own game. Atheists sued New York for allowing Christmas decorations in their bus and ferry terminals, so the city banned all Christmas decorations in a capitulation to atheist oppression of free religious expression.
But Scott LoBaido, a long-time resident objected to the sterilization of public property by the forces of secularism, so he created a Christmas-tree costume and spent some time walking around the Staten Island Ferry terminal to bring back the spirit of Christmas to New Yorkers.
And in mid-December, videographer Benny Johnson organized and filmed a living Nativity scene at the Occupy D.C. protest site, just to see what would happen, as reported here by the Blaze.
What a brilliant plan!
Because it’s a costume, and it’s not a display erected by or paid for by the city, the entire controversy is turned on its head. While the city can’t “advance or inhibit” religion, private citizens can engage in free speech, including symbolic religious speech on public property, and there’s little the police or the Atheists can do to prevent them from doing so.
So, for those who wish to honor the birth of Christ in public, rather than erecting a static display, which is sure to draw Atheists and their pet lawyers, why not create living Nativity Tableau societies of people in Nativity costumes who appear, like a flash-mob dance group, at various public buildings and venues at unpredictable times to exercise their right to free religious expression, free of the interference of Atheists?
More importantly, it would actually enlist the protection of the government in preventing Atheists from interfering with the rights of people of faith to openly and proudly display their religious beliefs.
Not only would this frustrate the Atheists to no end, it would be an example of the sort of personal dedication to celebrating the birth of Christ and the Christmas spirit that would make an excellent example for others to follow.
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