Born In A Stable & Still Being Bullied

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I was planning on writing a heart warming post about Christmas, and my faith. However, I’ve been bombarded with so much hate about my beliefs that I’ve decided to take a stand. I usually write happy posts about running, uplifting music and being thankful, but today I’m switching gears. Enough is enough. My faith in Christ is an integral part of who I am. When I’m working out, “It’s through Christ that strengthens me, (Philippians 4:13)” and the Bible is the moral compass I follow when raising my family. So you can understand why I am outraged by this recent news- Town of Dallas Forced to Move Nativity Display . It seems like every year, we hear stories like this. Some national organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation pushing their atheistic views on everyone especially at Christmas. This story is different for me because it happened in my hometown. The town where my children’s grandparent’s were raised, where they were taught to fear God, and the town we go back to every year to celebrate birthdays, holidays and yes, Christmas.

For a nation that was built on Christian values, it’s sad to see outside organizations come into small towns and bully them into their so-called “politically correct” agenda. Contrary, to this organizations beliefs the Town of Dallas actually wants a nativity display on their courthouse lawn, and yet it took just one cowardly bully to write a letter and change a 40-year tradition. Regardless of Separation of Church and State and all that mombo jumbo, I believe democracy should take precedence. What kind of example are we sending our children? We teach an anti-bully curriculum in the public school, but outside of school adults are being threatened by lawsuits because of one person’s opinion. I teach my children to stand-up to bullies, and I will lead by example. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God…”

If this unnamed person, requested the town to add a Menorah or a different religious symbol to the display that would be different. This is an all or nothing case. Atheists believe in nothing, so their no-displays are just as much apart of their non-belief as the symbol of the nativity. The nativity display isn’t an over-the-top extravaganza, but a symbol of quiet simplicity.

Jesus’ birth was a quiet, low-key ordeal. He was born to a carpenter and his wife not in a hospital or even in their home, but in a stable. Cows, sheep and goats surrounded them as Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger (a feeding trough). The angels announced the news to shepherds (blue collar workers), not Cesar or the President, but to commoners. Who went to the lowly stable to worship the Savior, Jesus. That’s the awesome thing about Jesus, he doesn’t bully you into believing in Him, that’s your choice. So if you drive by town hall and see a nativity display, remember you have a choice to believe or not, but it doesn’t mean dictating what the majority of my town and I believe.

Merry Christmas! If you agree with this post, please share with others. Let your voice be heard.

Update– Locals have united on Facebook at Saving Christmas in Dallas and have organized a rally on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas courthouse. Visit Saving Christmas in Dallas for details.

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15 comments on “Born In A Stable & Still Being Bullied”

  1. Deborah Shore says:

    I totally agree!!!!!

    1. Rachel says:

      The town of Dallas’ elected officials moved the nativity display because of a threat of a lawsuit. You can express your concern by writing letters, emails and making phone calls. Here’s a list of their contact information- http://www.dallasnc.net/index.aspx?nid=78 . Thanks for commenting.

  2. I think this is sad. Really sad. I had not heard of this story.
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    1. Rachel says:

      It is sad that things like this are happening in small towns in NC. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Nice how the individual is hiding behind a major group rather that expressing their opinion themselves. Pathetic. And sad the world has become so PC on certain things. There is no Christmas without Christ.
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    1. Rachel says:

      So true. Christ is what Christmas is all about. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday. It’s a shame that people outside of the town interfered with something the town was doing for 40 years. I wish people would celebrate whatever they believe in their own way and not interfere with others’ traditions. Just as much as people are free to not celebrate religion, those who believe should be just as free to celebrate.

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    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks for commenting. It’s too bad things like this happen to those who are only trying to spread hope and cheer.

    2. But Tanya they ARE just as free to celebrate… just not on government property.
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      1. I see what you mean that the government should not appear to be “endorsing” one religion or another April. Honestly, i don’t see a nativity scene on town property as an endorsement, I see it as a celebration of religion. What I would rather see happen is other religions being able to show their important religious holidays to educate others also. Maybe i missed it but I didn’t see anywhere that the town prohibited other religious displays and only allowed the Nativity.
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  5. I realize that my opinion is unlikely to be welcome here, but this is something that I feel strongly about. I hoping this is meant to be a discussion post. 🙂 I’m an attorney that has done a fair bit of research on first amendment entanglement between government and religion.

    The unfortunate truth is that they WERE in violation of the first amendment as the Supreme Court has found time and again.

    ”Government endorsement or disapproval of religion is unconstitutional. …[e]ndorsement sends a message to nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community.”

    It’s the law and it’s about more than political correctness, it’s about freedom of (and from) religion for every citizen of our fine nation. It’s about not being marginalized BY THE GOVERNMENT no matter what you choose to worship (or not).

    Private citizens (and organizations) are more than able to display as much religious stuff they want on their property.

    Further the Court has found that while Nativity scenes CAN be displayed on public property – they can’t be located near the entrance to ‘core’ public buildings. I guess what I’m saying is that the City of Dallas has options.

    It’s also almost guaranteed that the complaint came from a citizen of the City of Dallas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation itself has no standing to bring a lawsuit against the city without a complaint from an actual resident.

    Out of curiosity, I have to ask how you feel about the Festivus Pole that was displayed inside the Florida State Capitol building last year alongside the Nativity scene and also the proposed plans of Satanists to build a display (permanent year round) outside the courthouse in…. I think Dallas, TX(?) to compliment the displays of the Ten Commandments?
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    1. Rachel says:

      I am not an attorney, but I believe that displaying a symbol of peace and goodwill (the true meaning of Christmas) is not a violation of the First Amendment. The Town of Dallas had their nativity displayed in front of their courthouse which in reality is not even a working courthouse, but a historic monument. Would this fall into your other “options” category? Festivus is a made up holiday that originated from a Seinfeld episode. If the State of Florida deems this as a holiday, that’s their decision. It doesn’t offend me. Now the Ten Commandments are more than a story in the Old Testament; they are a symbol of the first laws, a guidance given by God (a higher being). I don’t know what kind of symbol that the Satanists have that will compliment a symbol of order, justice and laws. Lies, murder and stealing are words that I associate with Satan. Words or symbols that don’t belong in front of a courthouse that stands for justice. Thanks for commenting.

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