Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Suit Filed Over Green Bay Nativity

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a suit over the Green Bay nativity scene.

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and 12 Green Bay residents are plaintiffs in the suit to be filed against Green Bay, City Council President Chad Fradette and Mayor Jim Schmitt over the nativity scene the city placed at the entrance of City Hall.

It is being filed in the Eastern District of U.S. Federal Court in Madison, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation.

And here’s a telling quote from the mayor:

Schmitt said he hadn’t reviewed the suit, but said, “I’m saddened this holiday has to be used as a political pawn by a variety of people.”

He said it was noteworthy to point out that he won’t know the contents of the suit “because we’ll be off work, like the rest of the federal government, the city and state government, all of whom are off work because it’s a national holiday.

“They can’t even file the suit in recognition of the federal holiday,” Schmitt said. “There’s a message there — we do have a right to celebrate Christmas.”

This reveals something important. Note how casually Schmitt changes subjects from government endorsement to religious freedom. Of course you have a right to celebrate Christmas, just as I do. But that does not mean that you have a right to have the government give you exclusive access to public property for a display of your religious beliefs.

And you damn well know this because if a Muslim claimed that the lack of a government Ramadan display violated their right to celebrate Ramadan, you would laugh in his face and point out how utterly ridiculous his argument is. The problem is that you don’t apply the same standards to your own arguments. There’s a word for this, of course: hypocrisy.