War on Christmas comes early to Santa Monica
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 3:26
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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It's a not so -- start to the holiday season the Christmas holiday season that is the city of Santa Monica has.
Decided out in California to end their sixty year Christmas tradition of setting up passivity scenes along Ocean Avenue right there by the water.
That's because last year atheist took over a majority of the boots.
And the city didn't want have to referee any religious rumbles.
But today a group of churches plans to challenge that decision in court -- right now with his prescription for justice is Fox News legal analyst Peter job that.
Unfortunately Steve the first salvo in the war on -- is this year has been the shot in Santa Monica.
Known to some -- the city the Christmas story and they've had this pageant that -- -- scenes.
Almost eighteen -- the last sixty years seven years since and 1953 about sixty years and now cities Santa Monica said.
We're not gonna have a Christmas display.
We're not gonna have on a good display on Ocean Avenue Santa Monica.
In past years we've had a lottery in the past couple years right where the -- folks have had an opportunity to put up.
-- -- -- Displays in the right into the race and -- -- have included I'm serious about this the great spaghetti.
Monster fronts the passed -- -- and holiday which doesn't exist -- but for a protest of of Christmas and Chanukah and so.
This committee which is made up about.
A dozen churches and more and the Santa Monica police officers association is going to -- saying.
Let's have this display Santa Monica is wrong in changing the law and nodding allowing it to go.
Float up apparently the atheists fellow by the name of bud demon -- and nine friends one of the -- they've got 21 -- there and they're pretty.
You know little displays like that of the 21 -- apparently the atheist and his friends got eighteen of them and they would put.
Anti Christian messages in there and so they just decided you know it's -- the trouble and end up signs like that what.
Myths do you see and then there's that Jesus and the double and then in an -- debt.
What's going to happen is Santa Monica appears to have succumbed to what's called -- hecklers Vigo return meaning that if you heckled something long enough.
You can remove from the public square.
Other people who do in fact have a right.
It to have this kind of of scene and the Supreme Court has allowed.
Settings -- proper times and proper places.
The Christmas pageant the crash the menorah a Honda could display.
But Santa Monica is -- -- -- pox on all your houses that religion is gonna go out the window we're not going -- allow the First Amendment to prevail here.
And as a result in the public square.
And Jewish symbols.
Will not be allowed to be displayed.
In Santa Monica these folks are going to court to stop it the war on Christmas has begun.
Unfortunately -- Alexis case.
Closely because it's an important well I think a lot of people want to see.
What they're doing in in in Santa Monica absolutely you know I have both seen it out there -- there along the Pacific it is beautiful it's too bad that the tradition and -- I was surprised to see there was a wonderful thing to -- and then it's disappointing that it that it's going by the boards all right Peter Johnson junior -- through the -- on this Monday during Thanksgiving.