Yasmin Nair took the photo on the right during the Westboro Baptist Church's recent appearance in Chicago. It looks like they hate Christmas now, along with fags, dykes, America, Sweden, and Pakistan.
This wouldn't be the first Christian group to declare war on Christmas. In fact, the early Puritans in Massachusetts loathed its celebration, and the city of Boston banned Christmas for 22 years.
But to listen to the Bill O'Reilly crowd, one would think that only the secular cabal would want to harm that classically American holiday. While the commercialization of the holiday (which resulted in a Walmart employee getting trampled just weeks ago) has probably destroyed the spirit of the holiday, the celebration of it is under the most attack from the far right.
After the jump is a crazy anti-Christmas sign the Westboro Baptist Church wants to put up in Olympia, WA.
From the Spokesman Review:
The sign claims that "God's hate" is to blame for the weak economy, that Santa is a child molester, and that the deaths of U.S. troops are somehow the fault of Santa.
"Holy cow," said Steve Valandra, a spokesman for Washington's Department of General Administration, when e-mailed the text. "I guess we'll consider it like all the other requests."
State officials say that after a lawsuit a couple of years ago to allow the Nativity scene, they cannot discriminate among holiday displays.
"The sign reflects the sincerely held religious beliefs and viewpoints on the topic that has been made a subject of public comment in this public forum, which viewpoint is well-grounded in scripture," Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps wrote Wednesday to Gov. Chris Gregoire.
We're always saying that the only way to get the right on board for removing these displays of religiosity in government buildings is to require that everything be allowed. This particular one, if forced to appear, would definitely cause some of these folks to rethink how much they want to force their religion on the rest of us.
But these public religious displays aren't about devotion, since these folks won't suddenly stop being Christian if they don't get a nativity scene in the Capitol. These displays are about letting people know who's in charge and who's not. And the Phelps clan is definitely not in charge.
Although one would hope that O'Reilly would take on these folks instead of picking on small town mayors with made-up stories about how they banned green and red. But that would be expecting too much.