Typically, when people see babies they smile. But no baby has brought more division and anger to the world than the Baby Jesus.
The baby Jesus started out with a contract on His head and to this day 2,000 years later, people are still trying to make Him disappear.
The city of Santa Monica has allowed an elaborate nativity scene in its Palisades Park each Christmas for nearly 60 years, but officials are ending the tradition this year after an atheist set up his own non-religious display and caused an uproar.You have an issue here where many atheists absolutely hate Christianity and you have a government run by politicians who are mostly scared to death of lawsuits from atheists and let's face it, kinda' creeped out by Christians.
Now, the churches behind the nativity are suing in federal court and claim the city violated their freedom of speech by stopping the holiday tradition.
A court hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles could decide the fate of the Christian tableau for the upcoming season.
The churches want a judge to block the city’s ban on private and unattended displays in the park until the case is resolved. The city is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.
The disappearance of religion in the public sphere will continue. But we can do our own part by being the public faces of Christianity. We should make sure that people passing our home know that a Christian lives there, not just someone who celebrates Christmas. There's a difference.