Eating the Apple

Eve did it. Adam did it. Now it's my turn to take a bite. Why not? Hey! It's delicious.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Out of the Manger

In many communities there are lawsuits over the display of manger scenes on public property. As an atheist, I think that is going too far.

Although I support the separation of church and state, I don't mind he public display of religious symbols as long as it doesn't rise to the level of proselytization. I view the display of the so-called Ten Commandments and prayer in public schools as crossing the line.

I can accept and even enjoy the creche scenes on a town common. But there is an issue of fairness. We should also allow the display of Hannukah lights on public property, Not only that, but during Ramadan allow an Islamic display. The Taj Mahal is an excellent Islamic symbol that is widely admired by non-Muslims. It could be the basis of an Islamic display during Ramadan. Also at appropriate times we should see displays commemorating the birth of Buddha, the birth of Confucius, the birth of Krishna, and the birth of Horus. We scan also honor the Great Goddesses -- Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali and Innana. The most obvious date for this celebration is Mother's Day. This would allow people of all faiths to celebrate their sense of the sacred on public property.

As things stand, the controversy will continue unabated. I can imagine Joseph saying to Mary, "Back then we couldn't get into the inn. Now we can't even get into the manger".

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