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    W.Va. City's Xmas Scene Has No Jesus

    ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) - Christ is missing from Christmas in this small town. The community's holiday display has a manger with shepherds, a guiding star, camels and a palm tree, but no baby Jesus, Mary or Joseph.

    The parks superintendent said Jesus was left out because of concerns about the separation of church and state. But Mayor Dick Callaway said it was done for purely technical reasons: "It's not easy to put a light-up representation of a baby in a small manger scene, you know."

    In recent years, some communities around the country have dropped nativity scenes after the displays were challenged as unconstitutional. Some communities have tried to head off legal problems by incorporating nonreligious symbols, or symbols of more than one faith, to avoid the appearance of endorsing one religion over another.

    David Cunningham, parks superintendent in this town of 11,000, initially insisted St. Albans' display was not even technically a manger scene because he was concerned about possible lawsuits. But the mayor said such anxieties were unwarranted.

    "We have a manger scene," the mayor said.

    Around the country, only a few skirmishes in what some conservatives have called the "War on Christmas" have been reported this year so far.

    Some retailers, including Wal-Mart, have returned to greeting customers with "Merry Christmas" after coming under attack last year for saying "Happy Holidays."

    Two weeks ago, the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots program in Los Angeles overcame concerns about accepting a donation of 4,000 talking Jesus dolls that quote Bible verses by promising to make sure the dolls reach Christian children.

    Some people are still scratching their heads over what happened in Chicago, where the movie studio behind "The Nativity Story" was dropped as a sponsor of a Christmas festival for fear of offending non-Christians.

    In Wheeling, baby Jesus is represented in a manger scene at Olgebay Park's Winter Festival of Lights, which draws visitors from across the country.

    "If anything, we get criticized for not having more examples of that type of thing," said J.C. Douglas Dalby, president of the Wheeling Park Commission.

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    The parks superintendent said Jesus was left out because of concerns about the separation of church and state. But Mayor Dick Callaway said it was done for purely technical reasons: "It's not easy to put a light-up representation of a baby in a small manger scene, you know."
    Lamest pass-the-buck excuse I've heard in quite some time.

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    Happy secular winter festival to you all.

    Where do these PC idiots get off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standard Dave View Post
    Happy secular winter festival to you all.
    "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you.
    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
    The True Believer doesn't care "how hard it is"; he knows he either wins or he dies.
    He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home.
    He knows only the Cause.
    Now, who wants to quit?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugEyedBeast View Post
    Lamest pass-the-buck excuse I've heard in quite some time.

    Yep, Happy whatever-the-heck-is-PC-now-mas.

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    This shit is getting out of Fu**ing control, where does it end??? What happened to the majority rules in this country??

    I blame sh*t like this on the Liberals. Wanting to cater to everyone and be PC wherever they can. I say leave it well enough alone and stop Fu**ing every damn thing up in this country. If you dont like it here there is the damn door and dont let it hit you on the way out!!!
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    The only question I have is........do they still have the "pagan tree" displayed??? I'm happy to see the pagan tree accepted into so many christian homes.....and very rarely do you see the pagan tree inverted as the christains use to do.
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    Winter Solstice, bring on the dancing girls, mead, and the evergreen tree symbol of Odin.

    Oh what the hell; Merry Christmas.

    You wanna argue about it?

    Maybe I'll just hibernate.

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    And no you can't have any.

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    you know what?


    not happy holidays bullshit



    We dallied under
    Vine maples and sapling alders
    Searched for lady slippers
    But instead
    Found blackberry riots and
    Desiccated branches

    An old skid road
    Brought ghost ferns and
    Hollows filled with
    Skunk cabbage
    While waves wrapped
    Intricate lacings of weeds
    'Round mule spinners

    His cyanotic eyes
    Were hard enough to make
    The sun turn tail and
    Tender enough to attract me
    To his world of illusion

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    You know, this really pisses me off.

    The holiday of Christmas is not here because of santa, or presents, or shopping.

    We have Christmas because of Jesus Christ.

    It wasn't Santa, or Abraham, or Mohammed, or whoever else that was born in a manger. It was Jesus.

    Just ridiculous.
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