It seems that each year, activists and different groups do their best to squash Christmas and erase any mention of the holiday.
And 2016 was no different: This year saw an atheist group get a nativity scene scrapped days before Christmas, a teacher set up a Satanic display, and an artist painted ornaments with gay Josephs.
Here are the most bizarre examples of the “War on Christmas”…
1.) Vandals messed with a nativity scene to make it seem like Mary was performing a sex act on Joseph
A Switzerland nativity scene was rearranged to show Mary performing an explicit act on Joseph. Thousands of people usually flock to the nativity scene, displayed in a Christmas market in Lucerne.
The Catholic Church was outraged over the act, calling it “unacceptable.” A local spokesman for the church went on to denounce it as a violation of people’s “religious feelings.”
“It is unacceptable to destroy the property of others. And it is also intolerable that someone violates the religious feelings of others,” Urban Schwegler said.
2.) An artist painted gay Josephs and lesbian Marys on nativity scene ornaments
An artist created ornaments with painted pictures of two gay Josephs or two lesbian Marys gazing down at a baby Jesus. This upset a Christian organization who quickly blasted the ornaments as “blasphemous.”
“They blasphemously portray the Lord Jesus being parented by a homosexual couple. What depths will the LGBT lobby stoop to in order to try and normalize their behavior,” Andrea Williams, the chief executive of Christian Concern, declared.
3.) A sex shop made sex toys with religious figures painted on them
Protesters gathered outside a Spanish sex store to rally against some of the store’s sex toys that depicted major religious figures from the nativity scene. Store owner Héctor Valdivielso commissioned paintings of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus on dildos.
Valdivielso pulled the dildos from his store, but plans to reinstate them after conducting a survey that encouraged him to bring them back.
4.) A health center told its employees to stop saying “Merry Christmas”
A Texas health center banned their employees from saying “Merry Christmas” in front of patients after a non-Christian patient complained about Christmas decorations.
A letter sent out to employees said that in an effort to be more inclusive and diverse, employees should refrain from saying “Merry Christmas” and use neutral decorations when decorating where the public can see.
“I invite you to think about decorating those public areas of our agency in a more inclusive or neutral way such as recognition of the winter season or using a Happy Holidays theme,” the letter stated.
5.) Teacher erects a Satanic display right next to a nativity scene
The pentagram has been vandalized multiple times already; it was spray painted Monday afternoon and torn down later that night.
6.) An atheist group pressures a city to cancel a nativity scene
A city scrapped plans for a nativity scene after an anti-religion group threatened legal action if the scene went up.
For almost 10 years, Gig Harbor resident John Skansie has put up a nativity scene display on city property. This year, city administrators refused to let him put it up, citing “special circumstances.” While they won’t let him put it up, they believe that it would be free speech in a public place if he did.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists, sent a letter claiming that it was a violation of the Constitution for the nativity scene to be displayed in the park.
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