‘Tis the season to be litigious. In Pittsburgh, Staten Island, Brookville, Ind., and Jackson, Miss., Nativity scenes have been challenged, sometimes removed, then (in Pittsburgh) eventually replaced.
The manger scene has become such a potent symbol in the “war over Christmas” that its revolutionary meaning is being lost — even by some who “embrace the Christian label,” as news articles said of President Obama this week.
During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas.
Of course, the United States as only considered Christmas a Federal holiday since 1870, and actually had laws against it before that.
The point is – don’t fret if people are attaching nativity scenes. After all, they are only doing what Protestant forefathers in the U.S. did before….
- Brookville, Indiana: Leave Our Nativity Scene Alone (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- Nativity scene a century late (philly.com)
- Why a donkey in the parking lot? (religion.blogs.cnn.com)