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Occupy Wall Street Is NOT Cool With The Nativity Scene

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I found this video over at Fellowship Of The Minds today and decided to post it here as well.

This is a video that was taken at one of the Occupy Wall Street camps.  The makers of the video wanted to see what the reaction would be if a live nativity scene were placed in the middle of an Occupy camp.

The results I think speak for themselves.  See the video below….

You really have to hear what the protestors said in order to appreciate the humor and hypocrisy of it all….

“This ain’t a church, man!”

No, it isn’t , good sir!  But with all the preaching coming out of the Occupy camps, one can easily get confused though!

“Christ is not my Lord.  The law is my lord.”

Except for the part about illegally squatting on public property.  Oops, did I say that out loud?

“I wouldn’t get up here and start preaching Islam to people.  It’s not my place.  It’s not your place either.”

So what you’re saying is that the person who is peacefully protesting and expressing his views doesn’t like the person who is peacefully protesting and expressing his views?  Oh, but he’s believes something you DISAGREE with!  I get it now.

“Under the NDAA, Jesus would be a terrorist.”

I’m not intimitely familiar with the contents of the National Defense Authorization Act so I have no idea if it identifies anybody as a terrorist.  These guys are getting awfully jumpy at the thought of Jesus though.

“Freedom of religion also means freedom from it.”

Not sure what this means.  Freedom of religion allows you to practice whatever religion you prefer (or in what would seem to be the case of these protestors none at all).  It doesn’t protect you from people who practice religion.

This next one is my personal favorite.  The cameraman mentioned to a protestor that 76% of Americans identify themselves as Christian.  His response…

“76%?  What about the other 10% and their beliefs?”

My God!  I didn’t think that anybody could be that bad at math.  I can understand his overarching point of what does that do to the people that don’t practice Christianity but when you sound like a complete buffoon nobody’s going to take you seriously.

“It goes against what our founding fathers created this country for.”

Yep, same guy.  Apparently, he didn’t pay attention in math OR history class in school.  Maybe the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution was whited out in the textbook he got.

Another protestor conveyed a story about how Jesus was oppressed just like them.

“All the rich people of the world wouldn’t let them into the hotel.”

Hmmm.  Not quite the story of Jesus’ birth that I remember hearing in church.  The collective education of this group doesn’t seem particularly high.

“Christmas is a pagan holiday.”

OK, the Christmas tree and gift giving and Santa Claus don’t come from the traditional biblical story of Jesus’ birth but there’s no evidence to suggest that Christmas is a pagan holiday.  Sure, some pieces of the holiday as a whole come from other places but let’s not paint with too broad of brush strokes here.

“This is really joyful.  The Occupy Movement is not a joyful place.”

And the truth finally comes out!  No, choosing to spend my Christmas sitting in a cold tent with complete strangers would not be considered a joyful place for me either.

What say you?  What is your general impression of the nativity scene at the Occupy Wall Street camp?  Feel free to comment below.

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  1. December 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Okay, this is like stepping into an arena and you don’t know who’s going to come at you, but here goes.

    Let’s just say that perhaps OWS folks, at least the ones who are actually there, camping, doing the actual occupying rather than some of us who say we’re supporting the movement while we still go to work, tend the kids, etc., are feeling generally oppressed. That seems to be a very big part of the message in the protests — mainly directed at Wall Street, corporate money, buying of the government, etc. Perhaps some of them see religion and the expression of religion as “the corporate church,” just one more entity that is oppressing, manipulating the message, controlling the lives. Perhaps that’s why the reaction to the nativity was largely negative. It’s hard to have faith when you work and work and work, and “the man” not only gets all the money and the breaks but is able to keep you working for him and very little ‘trickles down.’ Makes it hard to be a believer.

    Just a thought.

    • December 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      I think that’s fair enough to feel that way. For me personally, I don’t make the connection between the corporate world and religion. I can understand people feeling oppressed by the big financial institutions and such but I don’t see how a peaceful scene like the nativity can inspire feelings of oppression. Believe me, I know that religion in general can really rub people the wrong way but the nativity scene shouldn’t be the thing that does it.

  2. December 22, 2011 at 6:03 am

    How hypocritical! If protesters feel free to occupy a public place to put their message across, why can’t anyone else express their beliefs too in the same place?
    It is not offensive: I am an atheist, but I celebrate other people’s rights to show their beliefs in a peaceful manner: this couple are not hurting anyone! Let them be.

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      I can understand frustration with religion in general but I don’t understand being offended by a nativity scene. Even if it’s not your personal religion.

  3. December 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I have a problem with the whole OWS movement — disorganized, slovenly, unless someone starts speaking for them, they just look like a bunch of bums hanging out in a park. Now, if that’s what they want to look like….

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Yeah, their image certainly isn’t doing them any favors. Especially some of the folks that showed up in this video.

  4. December 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    The only thing I have a problem with here is the “Christmas is a pagan holiday” part.

    Christmas evolved as Catholics converted pagans to the new religion by adapting their existing celebrations (in this case, a winter festival centered around the winter solstice) to Christian ideas. Hence Christmas, the Easter bunny (a pagan celebration of spring renewal)–really most of the traditions of modern Catholicism come from these heady days of selling religion to the heathens.

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I understand that religion sometimes liberally borrowed from other celebrations to create the whole holiday but I think it’s just bits and pieces. It’s not like Halloween.

  5. January 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The guy with the F–ck the Police hat is an idiot. Really he is out there protesting for his beliefs and denies them the same. What a hypocritical a–hole. Good post Dave.

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