December 01, 2006

The Windy City Blows Hard Against Christian Faith

Each year I bring you stories of discrimination against Christians who simply wish to avail themselves of the same first amendment rights as anyone else. Well here it is, December, 6th and we start the season of Christian bigotry off with a news item out of my home town of Chicago.
You may have seen the advertisements and movie trailers for the new movie The Nativity Story” which opened last Thursday. Of course the timing isn’t coincidental; Christmas is after all about—forgive me—Jesus—the one called Christ.
So when the Windy City put on a Christmas festival, New Line Cinema, the folks who made the movie, had planned to play a loop of its film on monitors at the event. But, and here comes the shocker, the city of Chicago banned the ads for the movie and of course you can guess why. Yup! The movie theme—remember this is a--Christmas Festival—might offend non-Christians.
I know, I know, they’re just being sensitive to others who don’t share the same faith but like I said, this was a Christmas festival. If the city were to host a Ramadan Festival, would it ban mention of Allah for fear it would offend Non-Muslims? You and I both know the answer to that.
Well it’s caused quite a stir in the city of Mayor Daley and he is probably shaking his head trying to figure out what’s all the bother.
But Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice explains all the bother. He said, "To suggest that a movie about the birth of Jesus Christ should not be included in a Christmas festival is absurd. This transcends political correctness and centers squarely on religious bigotry." So what’s new?
The ACLJ said it will send a letter to city officials and festival organizers urging them to end their discriminatory practices and to permit the movie to serve as a sponsor for the festival.
"This is one of the most blatant forms of religious discrimination imaginable," Sekulow said.
Well, sports fans, tis the season to be jolly and as followers of Jesus, the One called the Skandolon; the one over whom people would stumble falling head long in to the abyss of eternal condemnation, we must stay true to Him. He IS the reason for the season. “God desires no one perish” the Scriptures say, that is why He came; why we have Christmas. But the way is broad that leads to destruction and many are those who enter by it.


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