Christian Apologist Calls Atheists' War on Christmas Misguided
By Brittany Smith
As atheists push to remove traditional Nativity scenes from public squares and advertise their own skeptic displays, one Christian apologist is pushing back, calling their efforts misguided and misleading.
“The skeptic groups behind these annual ‘campaigns for unbelief’ either don’t know their history or are twisting the facts intentionally,” Christian apologist and author Dr. Alex McFarland said in a statement Monday.
“It’s wrong that many people are being misled by these campaigns, especially during a time when so many are spiritually seeking,” McFarland said. “Further, the atheist’s doubt-inducing disclaimers do not pass the muster of honest historical investigation.”
Towns across the country are fighting for the right to display traditional Nativity scenes in their town squares.
Ellwood City, Pa., has erected a Nativity scene in front of city hall but not without protest from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The humanist group, which is co-led by an evangelist-turned-atheist, is demanding that the city put up a banner stating, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL,” alongside the Nativity.
FFRF is also demanding that a town in east Texas take down their Nativity scene displayed at the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens.
The group wrote a letter to the Henderson County Commissioners on behalf of an anonymous resident. It states: “We request that … you take immediate action to ensure that no religious displays are on city or county property. Please inform us in writing of the steps you are taking to remedy this First Amendment violation."
FFRF also claimed that when the county displays a manger scene, it puts the “imprimatur of the county government behind the Christian religious doctrine.”
A group of pastors in the area have decided to challenge the group. They are planning a rally to defend the Nativity scene, and they have Henderson County Commissioner Joe Hall on their side. He called the demand "stupid," and said he would do what he could to stop the atheists. “I’ll tell you this – I’m going to fight this until hell freezes over,” he told Fox News and Commentary. “I hope and pray that we leave it up.”
One of the county commissioners said if the controversy continued it could place the county in a no-win situation…
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