I wrote about this just a couple of posts ago, and despite my hope for the best, namely that McPherson’s group be allowed, per the First Amendment, to put up a holiday display of their own on public land, it seems, for now, it’s a no-go. From A-News:
“Despite many phone calls and emails of support, as well as statements by Pastafarian supporters for Holiday Tree and from atheist supporters for the Tree of Knowledge, commissioners Farrell and Costello rejected the motion to nullify Resolution 58-10 which was passed in 2010 and stops all displays except the Jewish menorah, the Christian nativity, and select “secular” christmas symbols picked by the commissioners such as a wreath, a tree, candy canes, santa, and a choo-choo train.
Commissioner Cozzone courageously voted to nullify the resolution in favor of a more inclusive display. We thank her for that. However, since her two colleagues voted against it, the motion did not pass.
As your minister, I am now exploring legal options to bring equality to this county.”
This is wat I think is gonna happen. McPherson, maybe with a little ACLU help, will sue. It’ll move up a notch It’ll make news. It’ll piss off pundits. People will piss and moan about the rights of “real” religions as opposed to “made up” ones. (A total aside: How was the LDS church, when it began, any different from what the FSM church is now??) After all the hot air has spewed, what this commission will decide to do, rather than recognize Pastafarian rights, will be what Santa Monica did recently, and just say no to all.
It may surprise you to read that I’m in favor of that. I really don’t think it’s a good idea to put up every display possible for the holidays. What it inevitably turns into is a free-for-all of ideas, including intentionally pissy ones, which, let’s be honest, is not in the spirit of the holiday season. The fact is, even for us non-believers, we want to celebrate the season, not just poke our fingers in people’s butts. So rather than force the government to recognize all faiths (oh, yes, we really mean “all”), we need to just say, if the kids can’t play well together, nobody gets to have recess.