> At 07:30 PM 12/27/2001, you wrote:
> >re: offended by announcements
> >I agree that mundane announcements are off-topic, but to be HURT by them?
> I gave a full answer to one I respect and we have been having a very
> complex dialogue about words that can hurt/reactions/ whether this
> represents bigotry or flayed nerves. I do not respect this kind of
> misrepresentation of the original statement I made.
> Yes, HURT is how I felt.
> Try being a member of a minority faith for a while - your post made me
> like a non-Muslim living under the Taliban.
Funny you should refer to this as a "Taliban", for they were a minority
imposing their views by sheer force and intimidation. Many Christians might
feel they are being pushed underground by those "offended" by public
displays of faith.
> >What really disgusts
> >me, though, are things like what happened in Kensington, Maryland this
> >season. It seems a few people complained about Santa being at the town's
> >tree lighting, so the town council BANNED SANTA, lest they be "offended!"
> >Dozens showed up as Santa in protest.
> I would like a citation on this one - sounds like an urban legend because:
> No, the town council didn't - dare I say couldn't ban representations of
> St. Nichalous (unless we are referring to a ban on soliciting
> charitable/not so charitable donations on the street in any clothing).
> they *could* ban were representations of a Chistian saint AT TAXPAYER
> EXPENSE - and those who misunderstood had every right to appear in Santa
> suits or any other clothing.
YES, this did happen, just this year! He was banned by the city council from
the tree lighting ceromony. I am not surprised you do not know the story, as
the media is largely biased.
> The difference is private vs. public. The Jeffersonian Wall which applies
> to publically supported (by elimination of the tax levy) all 501(c)3
> Educational Corporations, and IMHO, should apply to newsgroups referencing
> said organizations as well!
Jefferson felt the Fed Gov should stay out of everything within the borders.
He also was in opposition to the Erie Canal. (For the record, I support
seperation of church and state)
Christianity may be the overwhelming majority faith here in the U.S., but
that is only because it was the faith of the majority of its settlers. Like
I said, ALL are welcome and we are NOT the Taliban. Our borders are open
both ways. I am sorry if open displays of any faith cause anyone pain, but
you all have a right to it.
BTW, many of our "Founding Fathers" were Masons, a group that knows about
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