Chicago gets it very wrong

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    Chicago Creates a Nativity Scene by Natalie Finn
    Tue Nov 28, 2:11 PM ET

    Los Angeles (E! Online) - Just when Wal-Mart was finally going to be wishing shoppers a "Merry Christmas" again, rather than saying "Happy Holidays," Chicago officials have decided to make a downtown Christmas festival a little less Christian.

    Concerned that ads for the upcoming Xmas-themed film The Nativity Story might alienate non-Christians, city officials asked the organizers of the German Christkindlmarket to drop New Line Cinema as a sponsor this year.

    A spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Special Events said that the city of Chicago did not want to appear to be endorsing one religion over another, and that there would still be a nativity scene set up in Daley Plaza—along with a Hanukah menorah and other religious symbolism—and items for sale related to baby Jesus' birth.

    "Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards suggested to the many festivals and holding events on Daley Plaza," Mayor's Office executive director Jim Law said in a statement.

    According to studio executive Christina Kounelias, New Line had planned to spend $12,000 in advertising at the festival as part of its nationwide Nativity Story campaign, which includes screening clips of the movie. Kounelias told the Associated Press that, as far as she knew, this was the only instance in which the studio's sponsorship was turned down.

    "One would assume that if [people] were to go to Christkindlmarket, they'd know it is about Christmas," she said.

    Echoing Kounelias' sentiments was Paul Braoudakis, a spokesman for the Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations in Illinois.

    "The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ," Braoudakis told the AP. "It's tantamount to celebrating Lincoln's birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln."

    Or, according to the Parents Television Council, whose job would be made easier if all TV and film pregnancies were achieved by Immaculate Conception, Chicago's stance is one of "anti-religious bigotry."

    "What we haven't seen in decades from Hollywood is a reverent recounting of the birth of Jesus," PTC president Brent Bozell said in a statement Tuesday. "The New Line studio is filling that void with its new movie The Nativity Story, which simply retells the story of the first Christmas.

    "The City of Chicago's decision not to be associated with a film like The Nativity Story is a form of anti-religious bigotry and indirect censorship. It is ludicrous that the city would blatantly attack a movie that will be exceptionally well-received by millions of people in and around Chicago, most of whom are members of one Christian denomination or another."
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    The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that Christkindlmarket organizers and Chicago officials should definitely rethink their decision to ban The Nativity Story promos.

    "To suggest that a movie about the birth of Jesus Christ should not be included in a Christmas festival is absurd," Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ's chief counsel, said. "This transcends political correctness and centers squarely on religious bigotry…The city and festival organizers must respect the First Amendment and put an end to the discriminatory practices."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20061128/en_industry_eo/cdc5f955-9fbf-470b-b800-b4d688a0fb5a
     
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    This is an out and out assault on capitalism. Whoever came up with this bright idea should be impeached.
     
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    How in the hell can you 'alienate a non-Christian'? If you're not a Christian, then you can't be ALIENATED! If you don't believe in Christ, DON'T WATCH IT! Because the birth of Christ is what Christmas is about. Participate in the holiday or not. It's your choice.

    I fully agree with the last statement, this is beyond P.C., it's out and out religous bigotry, and just another knife thrown at the back of Christianity.

    The one statement I'm in most disagreement with in the Bible is to turn the other cheek. Screw that. Christians shouldn't take any of this. They should fight back.
     
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    No with freedom of religion you forget what our country was founded on and you support other types of religious views because there is a slight chance others might get offended if you don't.:ali: And then use the excuse of capitolism:gay:
     
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    Support your own religon. I'll support mine. On the flip side of that coin, don't knock my religon, and I won't knock yours.

    Offend someone? Fuck'em. I don't care.
     
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    Hey, Abbey! I was just going to post something about this! GMTA. :)
     
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    I agree but something in our country is seriously wrong here. See I know a lot of folk and the folks on this board have all said the same damn thing. So why is it these government officials can't get it? Because they ain't doing us any favors by starting trouble. Unless they are afraid of the ACLU? or are we that desparate for news?
     
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    FROM THE ARTICLE:

    I have no problem with that. The Chicago area has very large Jewish and Hindu populations. Would these communities be offended? Probably not, but you never know who is going to file a lawsuit. All it takes is one opportunistic individual. No city wants to be engaged in a public suit about religion and the holidays--it is just too messy of a subject to gamble on.

    I wish I could spend the holiays in Earth's greatest city...oh well.
     
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    It's Christmas for crying out loud...who the hell would sue over such a thing? Pathetic...
     
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    Why the hell don't government officials do the will of the poeple... hmmmm... damn good question 90K. Let me know when you get an answer... LOL!
     

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