others of different belief systems wanted to exercise their right to free expression of their beliefs just as those who believe in a virgin birth expressed theirsYou had a group rallying others of like mind to purposefully attempt to hinder and disrupt said celebration by gaining spots and placing up things that not only had nothing to do with a holiday celebration, but were meant to be outright hostile and/or antagonistic to the various religious AND NON RELIGIOUS celebrations occuring there.
there is no obligation when expressing one's beliefs to assure that others are not offended
but it appears you - and others - want to provide for a super-priority for those of the Christian faith, which would not be extended to those of other beliefs
a preference which cannot be tolerated in a society that celebrates equality
you post that as if they are equivalents. only the vandals conducted themselves unlawfully. those of different beliefs exercised their right to express their beliefsNot shockingly, this dick moved inspired others to do escalating dickish things such as vandalizing them.
you are offering excuses for the vandalsWhile that doesn't excuse the vandals actions, it does play a part in it.
there are none
they chose to behave illegally
were they likely offended by those exhibits by others having different beliefs? probably. but engaging in illegal/vandalizing behavior is not an appropriate response. those vandals did something wrong
significantly, those atheists did NOT
no. the atheists did NOT turn the situation into an antagonistic oneThey turned the situation into an antagonistic one in the first place, and then the other side raised the stakes, and ultimately the whole thing got shut down because two sides of adults decided they wanted to act like ****ing children.
those vandals chose to do so
the atheists did nothing more than exercise their legal rights
they did NOTHING wrong
you may disagree with their beliefs
you may not like that they chose to express those beliefs in the same arena with those who had a history of expressing their Christian belief of a virgin birth with their nativity scene
but toleration was in order
no one refused to tolerate the Christian exhibit
unfortunately, vandals chose to damage the display of those having different beliefs only because they were intolerant of those differing beliefs
correct. even if they felt offended by the belief system represented by the nativity scene, they tolerated the expressed views of others having a different beliefThe Facts....
The space and property and program had been used for years for the purpose of putting up holiday decorations for the public to enjoy on public land.
Athiest groups attempted to gain multiple plots used for these decorations and proceeded to put up a number of decorations pertaining in no way to any winter holiday and often times specifically antagonistic to those celebrating those holidays
Some of those displays were than vandalized by people
The city government ordered the removal of all the displays
It was a dick move to purposefully attempt to turn an area of holiday celebration into an antagonistic battle front of church vs state and faith vs reason
It was a dick, and illegla, move to vandalize those decorations
It was a sad but understandable action by the government to end the whole thing because two sides acted like bloody 3 year olds and the city government had to act like the parent taking the toy away from the kids.
Athiests did nothing to the nativity display
no...they [atheists] did do something however to the general holiday celebration, specifically they attempted to turn it into an ideological battle ground rather than an area of holiday celebration.
they participated in a public showing of belief systems
until this time, there had only been one
but the atheists did nothing other than participate in the pageant of belief systems allowed by the government - which recognized it could exclude none or that it would have to exclude all in order not to convey a preference
a preference it is clear you believe should not have been disturbed
you have a right to be offended by that
and those with different beliefs have just as much right to exhibit the belief system that offends you
great thing to be a free American; be thankful for it!