Pregnant Woman Ordered to Take Down Lights

When it comes to protesting Christmas, it seems that picking on those who hang lights is all the rage: 

At nearly nine months pregnant and with her husband fighting in Iraq, Melissa Neitzel appears in no condition to get on a ladder to take down Christmas lights from her house.

Neitzel, 23, along with 32 other residents in Bethalto, Illinois were cited last week with an order to remove the lights within seven days — or be fined $75.

Are they really anti-Christmas or merely raising money for something? See more at this link.

UK Town Curbs Christmas Lights on Graves

Ok, it’s weird.

But if putting Christmas lights up on a loved one’s grave helps everyone involved what the harm? Evidently, it’s getting out of hand in one UK town:

“It is a problem. For example at Christmas we even had some graves with flashing lights on and the railings are becoming increasingly commonplace.”

“We’re not being bureaucratic but if someone trips up, health and safety will come down on us like a ton of bricks. We don’t want to cause upset but a cemetery should be a place of respect.”

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Anti-Christmas in Colorado (Again)

Snow or  no snow, the city of Boulder, Colorado has its limits. And it looks like the fiesty populace in Boulder has seen enough Christmas:

Homeowners associations in Boulder have extended the deadline for removing Christmas decorations again to March 1st. “One thing that’s helped is they’ve turned the lights off”.

Dowsed lights are fine for now. But they have to be taken down by March 1st or pay a $25 fine.  

High Court Upholds Nativity Ban

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that argues for the allowance of Nativity displays in public schools. This argument, tried many times over the years, supported the idea that because the Jewish Menorah is a religious symbol that religiously themed elements of Christianity should be allowed as well.

By refusing to hear the case previous lower court rulings on the matter will stand.

Skoros had claimed that the city’s policy promoted and endorsed the religions of Judaism and Islam and conveyed a message of disapproval toward Christianity. Some conservative commentators, bloggers and organizations sided with Skoros and used her lawsuit to help illustrate the “war on Christmas” that they say exists in the U.S.

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded last year that no objective observer would believe it was the city’s purpose to denigrate Christianity, even if the Department of Education erred in characterizing a Jewish menorah and an Islamic star and crescent as secular symbols.

Instead, the court said, the actual and perceived purpose of the holiday display policy was to use holiday celebrations to encourage respect for the city’s diverse cultural traditions. 

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