Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Utah Cities Salina And Richfield Disrespect Eagle Scouts And Faithfully Replicate The ADL Agenda By Refusing To Display Donated Nativity Scenes
Two central Utah cities, Salina and Richfield, are refusing to display donated nativity scenes on city property. Media stories published by the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, and KSL Channel 5 (with 235 public comments). The Richfield Reaper published an opinion column approving the decision by the two city governments.
The Salina and Richfield city councils unanimously made the decision on advice from a city attorney who remains unidentified. Salina, which allowed a small nativity scene to be displayed at the city building last year, said it also refused the display because of space considerations. Richfield Mayor Brad Ramsay says the city hasn't allowed nativity scenes on city property in the past, and doesn't want to mix church and state or impose a personal expression of Christmas on anyone. "We want to stay out of mixing church and state and always felt like a nativity scene is a personal expression of Christmas and not one the city wants to impose on anyone," Ramsay said.
Now residents who are members of the Right to Vote Committee and who petitioned the city councils to put up the displays are upset. The scenes were offered up as part of an Eagle Scout project. Elaine Bonavita chairwoman of the committee, says city leaders are showing a lack of Christian courage. It also disrespects the efforts of the Eagle Scouts involved.
In the petition given to the cities, the group lists Lynch v. Donnelly, a U.S. Supreme Court case, which they feel shows the constitutionality of publicly sponsored Christmas displays. They also list a national public interest firm which they claim is willing to represent any city pro bono if called upon to help.
The two city goverments are also faithfully replicating the Anti-Defamation League's anti-Christian agenda. The ADL is resurrecting their annual holiday hysteria about the so-called "December Dilemma", in which they purport to lecture us Christians on how we must celebrate Christmas just to make Jews feel better about themselves. In their more detailed guidance, the ADL implies that while a Jewish menorah may be appropriate for display on public property, a Christian nativity scene may not be O.K. This is strictly anti-Christian bias, since both symbols are of equal religious value.
A review of public comments to the media stories show that respondents are equally split over the issue. However, some of those opposed to the displays try to regurgitate the tired old canard about the Founding Fathers being "Deists". A visit to the Adherents.com website puts that canard to bed straightaway. By viewing the lists of signers of the Declaration of Independence, the signers of the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitutional Convention delegates including signers of the U.S. Constitution, you'll find that NONE of them are listed as "Deists".
It's a shame the city governments of Salina and Richfield have rolled over and groveled before political correctness.