Friday, December 26, 2014

Nativity Displays as Social Opportunity

I've never had much interest in the whole debate over allowing displays of things like Nativity scenes, or the Ten Commandments, on public property. As far as I can see, that sort of thing is little more than an empty gesture that only addresses a symptom, not the real problem. It also doesn't help much because once you render such things unto Caesar, Caesar will have his own ideas.

A case in point has to do with this account from here in Florida (link below) about how a group called the "Satanic Temple" has arranged to have a crude diorama placed in our Capitol rotunda as a sort of answer to a Nativity scene that was allowed to be placed there.

Now first of all, forget the "Satanic Temple" name. It's not a true Satanist group, but pretty clear some atheist group's idea of a joke. So are some other competing displays like one for the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Festivus pole. They're all nothing more than attempts to mock the religious displays (which also includes a menorah).

That said, although I still think public Nativity displays are pretty much useless, I do think the atheists have done us a public service with it in spite of themselves -- because they've made themselves out to be childish whiners who think any thrown-together hunk of junk is suitable to make a statement.

You can see for yourself that the "Satanic Temple" display looks like something a 5 year old would put together for a class project. The other displays aren't much better and certainly don't send a message that sounds anything like, "We care for what we do and believe." No, the message is more like, "Nyah nyah, we can do this too!"

I'll use that to segue into a point for a project that I put on the 2015 planning list, and which alludes to a post I made here some time ago (Link 2). On the one hand, we have groups like the ACLJ who go after groups like Barker's FFRF (Freedom from Religion Foundation) when they make a fuss over things like Nativity scenes. We also have apologists like me who go after FFRF and Barker for promoting garbage like, "Jesus didn't exist and was based on Mithra!"

Why aren't the two being connected? Wouldn't ACLJ do well to make use of that "Jesus didn't exist" stuff as part of a public relations war? In other words, since the atheists humiliate themselves with these childish public displays, why not make the most of the embarrassment?

That's a thought for the New Year.

Link 2

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