Earlier this month, the city of Piedmont, Alabama changed the theme of its annual Christmas parade from “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas” to the more generic “Piedmont Christmas Parade” after a warning letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Looks like Montgomery, Louisiana never received that message. They’re advertising their annual Christmas celebration on Facebook with a peculiar description line:
Why is the city not-so-subtly talking about how it’ll make sure this is a Christian celebration? Are non-Christians not allowed to participate in the event? What kind of “Fellowship” are they talking about? And why is the banner image for the celebration a great big Nativity scene?
All of this would be fine if it were a church putting on the event, but it’s not okay for the government to be hosting a religious celebration.
FFRF has been notified.
What I don’t understand is why they’re doing this when they absolutely don’t have to. There’s already a parade and fireworks display — it’s welcoming to the whole community. But by bringing religion into this, they’re going out of their way to exclude a portion of their population.
(Thanks to Randall for the link)