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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 28, 2006

Each year the Christmas holiday season brings in a fresh new crop of legal cases, in which government officials forbid the display of religious symbols, performance of religious hymns, and so forth. Each year these test cases are a bit more ridiculous, and 2006 promises another bumper crop on absurdity.

Credit the city of Chicago with the silliest decision in the before-December-begins category, and this one is going to be tough to beat.

Sponsors of a Christmas holiday festival have decided not to allow New Line Cinema to display a trailer from the new film, The Nativity Story, because it might be offensive to non-Christian patrons of the festival.

That festival, by the way, is a traditional German observance known as the Christkindlmarket.

It's OK to say it, apparently, if you use a foreign language. Don't spread it around, but it the people who might get offended must not be very b_r_i_g_h_t.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 12:07 PM ET USA

    Dear politicans, CEOs and bishops, you have nothing to fear but fear itself.

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Nov. 29, 2006 12:39 AM ET USA

    And don't overlook a subdivision of Denver, where the homeowner's association has banned a Xmas wreath on the grounds that it was divisive and associated with devil worship.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Nov. 28, 2006 7:22 PM ET USA

    Chicago still has not defeated the fair city of Kensington MD for politically-correct stupidity. Remember several years ago when the mayor thought that even Santa was offensive? That year, Santa did not ride the fire engine in the city "holiday-of-your-choice" parade. They relented only when they realized that they were the laughingstock of the nation. By the way - the parade audience abounded with costumed santas.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Nov. 28, 2006 3:41 PM ET USA

    I highly doubt they care a whisker whether or not Christians are offended. Christianity is, by its very nature, offensive to this type, so to 'offend the offenders' is a great victory in their little ol' 'bleeding hearts'. At least the festival has kept its original name (but for how long?) and it has not yet been renamed something innane like "Sparkle Season" (as Christmas sadly has in Pittsburgh).

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 28, 2006 2:59 PM ET USA

    Have they considered the offense they give not only to Christians but also to reasonable non-Christians by this kind of nonsense?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 28, 2006 2:15 PM ET USA

    As someone who has witnessed the utter destruction of the City of Chicago during the last six decades, I am not at all surprised by the inane minds that allegedly work for city government. After Richard J. Daley (RIP) died in 1976, things went from bad to worse. The fellow occupying the mayoral throne now is but a Charlie McCarthy to his dad's ghost. Merry and Holy Christmas to all Chicagoans (now that I live in nearby Niles).

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