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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Trying To Ban Christ From Christmas Parade

One more example has just come to light about the nasty campaign of the atheists to ban Jesus Christ from Christmas festivities. The atheists went after the annual Christmas parade in Piedmont, Alabama, a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Piedmont parade isn’t spectacular like those of big cities, but it does feature the local high school marching band, Santa Claus on a bright red fire truck, and local girls who won beauty pageants. This December’s grand marshal is the Piedmont High School track team which had just won the state championship. When Parade committee selected "Keep Christ in Christmas" as the theme of this year’s parade, nobody thought that was controversial.

Suddenly the little Alabama town was infested with a bunch of atheists from Wisconsin called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They sent the mayor a threatening letter alleging that one person in the town of Piedmont had complained about the parade theme, saying it "alienates non-Christians and others in Piedmont who do not have a strong belief in prayers. Unfortunately, the city’s attorney ruled that "the sentiment of ‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’ does not qualify as a secular celebration." He said the theme violates the law.

But the folks in Piedmont decided to keep Christ in Christmas in other ways. The mayor said, “We still have the same religious floats. We’re still going to have this wonderful Christian parade regardless of whether we have a theme or not." So local citizens paid their entry fees to be in the parade and created a positive march. They marched along side of the parade with signs reading "Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas." The mayor had some words of advice for the one person in town who had complained: "If they don’t like a Christian parade, just stay at home and don’t watch."

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