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  1. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, over 3 years ago

    All part of the Defense of Religion Act.

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Not in my neighborhood.

  3. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    sad comment on the times!

  4. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    The same people steal lawn displays as used to push over outhouses.
    Religion has little to do with it, ’tis the season for jhundreds of new targets.
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    This has been a problem with young people since greek and roman times, they complained also, except it was not christmas displays as christmas had not been invented yet.

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @Stipple

    In the period just before the Athenians sent a fleet off to Sicily, a group of (probably) young men went around the city at night and mutilated the herms — little statuettes placed all over the city. (You can google “herma” to see pictures of herms.) This was considered a major desecration, and when the Athenian navy got whopped, a lot of people thought the gods were getting back for the mutilation of the herms.

  6. Walrus Gumbo

    Walrus Gumbo GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @lonecat

    How dastardly, they used “herm” warfare!

  7. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @lonecat

    Lonecat, I thought they were just practicing the Bris!

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @ahab

    I’ve never seen a reference in all of Greek literature to a mohel.

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    Are people really so obtuse as to not be able to understand why people do no want religious objects enshrined on public property? Or is this another case of willful refusal to understand?


    Personally I see no more harm in putting up temporary Christmas decorations on the courthouse lawn than putting up temporary Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu decorations in the same place on other holidays, so long as there is no favoritism shown by the government or the laws for one religion over another.

    But all too often these things are used nowadays as stalking horses, and are not intended chiefly to celebrate a holiday, but as a means to claim possession. This is too often about TURF. The religious object is actually intended to say, “This is OUR turf.” Or: “If you do not share OUR veneration for these symbols, then you really don’t belong in, or are not really a member of, the community whose shared property this is.” I’ve seen this in practice.


    I don’t claim to have the perfect answer; I don’t think there is one, but a little sympathy and consideration for the other fellow’s point of view is certainly called for.

    P.S. There was a time, no so long ago, when only Catholics put up creches at Christmas, for Protestants thought them idolatrous. Christmas trees originally would be seen only in Protestant houses to set them off from Catholics. While in Puritan New England in colonial days Christmas as essentially outlawed as a pagan festival.

  10. Henry Kujawa

    Henry Kujawa said, over 3 years ago

    The rednecks and the Nativity scene for some reason remind me of one of the funniest stand-up routines I ever saw on TV, performed by Brett Butler. It was about a huge Nativity scene set up in a shopping mall in August, which included a giant 10-foot candy cane “JUST like in the Book of Matthew” (her dead-pan delivery really pushes the whole thing over).

    She’s baby-sitting a nephew who decides to knock over the candy-cane. “I know I should have said something, except I was bored and he’s not my child…” The candy cane manages to decapitate the figure of the little baby Jesus, which goes off rolling across the floor, while some frantic woman yells, “Don’t you TOUCH that, it’s it SACRED, it is HOLY!” And she replies, "I guess that’s where the phrase “holy roller” comes from."

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Buy a “Hannuka bush”!

  12. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, over 3 years ago

    @Henry Kujawa

    Thank you.

  13. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    Why should you give a rats @ss what is displayed on public ground. It isn’t like this country was founded on atheism. I’m an agnostic but religion has served a purpose in our culture and anybody who doesn’t realize that is no too bright.

  14. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, over 3 years ago

    Isn’t it about time for your rabies shot?

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    Excellent comment, I personally feel that whether a religious statement is displayed in a locality is a matter for that community, tho I agree with you that equal respect must be shown to other faith systems. If tax dollars are not being used to set up, maintain, and store these things, there is no real reason for the nonreligious to care. Separation of Church and State is meant to keep churches from making laws or states from creating an “official” religion. It is not to keep bereaved family members from putting crosses or stars of david or crescent moons along the sides of the interstate where a loved one died.
    There is a solution, and it comes with respecting peoples right to believe or NOT believe without forcing that view on others.
    Respectfully,
    & Happy Holidayze,
    C.

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