Catalyst December Issue 2008, Front Page
This year the Christmas stirrings started early. The anti-Christmas folks wasted no time protesting the holiday.
In November, the American Humanist Association launched its “Godless Holiday Campaign.” It placed ads in newspapers that read, “Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The same ad is now posted on Metro buses in Washington, D.C.
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the group, remarkably said that “Morality doesn’t come from religion”; he said it comes from individuals. As we pointed out, codes of morality have always been grounded in religion. Furthermore, there is nothing that cannot be justified if the only moral benchmark is what men and women posit to be right and wrong.
On November 15, a press conference was called by New York City Councilman Tony Avella on the matter of allowing the display of a crèche in the public schools. Avella is introducing a measure that would demand all councilmen to vote up or down on this issue; currently, Jewish and Muslim religious symbols are allowed in the schools, but only Christian secular symbols are permitted. Bill Donohue spoke at this event.
Also, Long Island chapter president Jim Krug supported a decision reached by Grucci, the internationally known fireworks company, to pull out of an annual Christmas event after it was announced that the Christmas Boat Parade was renamed the Holiday Boat Parade.
The anti-Christmas fever never stops.