We often in here have fierce discussions about the "division" in this country, and who is to blame....Are repubs, are demo's, progressives, conservatives, communists, fascists...etc...Yet here is a clear example of a national holiday that is supposed to foster good will, kindness, charity, and family....This holiday is built around something that is not only a factual historical event, (even if the actual date is in dispute) but in the birth of a man who's sole purpose seems to have been to exclaim love toward one another, and was killed for it.
The nativity is a representation of the birth of Christ, that's all....Do you also get offended when you see the birth pics of your friends, or family's newborn children? Do you take to FB to denounce them, and say that you are posting abortion pics just to even things out? I suspect not...No, I don't really think that the nativity offends those that say it does, as much as it makes them feel guilty. So they act out like undisciplined children.
I like the way the right supports a small govt that doesn't get involved in people's lives
except when it comes to sex and religion....then they're not just fine with govt intrusion into our lives -- they enthusiastically support it.
There have been some beautifully done nativity scenes - from an artistic viewpoint I can admire them. And I won't admit how often I've choked up to the song "Little Drummer Boy".
Again, the offensive part - which hopefully is dying out as you say - is the thrusting it in my face as the only religion out there, being told it's the "truth", being told I must feel guilty if I don't like it.
Tim Minchin's song "White wine in the sun" describes it well -
Who, besides some christians, has taken offense at any religious display on public property? You keep claiming that someone is taking offense but won't say who it is so I believe that you are posting lies.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn