Faith and Religion: Vix Vexes Christmas

No more Christmas...

     Santa Monica, December of 2011. The usual line-up of nativity scenes at Palisades Park has now been mostly replaced with a myriad of Atheist messages and political statements. The driving force behind this departure from the traditional is one Damon Vix, who does not reside in Santa Monica. Last year, Vix was able to secure one of the display spots allotted by the city to put up a display of a quote by former president (and Unitarian) Thomas Jefferson which stated, “Religions are all alike — founded on fables and mythologies” among other Atheist messages.

     This year, due to the city’s adoption of a new lottery system for assigning the spaces Vix, working with American Atheists, INC and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has managed to secure all but three of the twenty-one available spaces, leaving only those three for traditional displays.

     (SOAPBOX=ON) While I can assuredly agree with Vix’s stance on the necessary separation of church and state, I don’t quite understand how an all-out assault on Christmas displays accomplishes anything, other than depriving the community (a community in which Vix doesn’t even reside!) of the beauty and symbols of hope and peace that the traditional displays have been providing for the past six decades. Now, having these displays behind chain link fences does seem to rob them of some of their attractiveness, but still! Taking over all but three displays out of twenty-one is just being spoiled, bratty and bullying.

     My guess is that Mr. Vix will get a gigundous lump of coal in his stocking this year, and rightly so. The Grinch now has a name, and it is Damon Vix. I’ll close this one out, a la Dr. Seuss:

Palisades Park looks different this year,
among the displays, a little less Christmas cheer.

For the Vix who vexed Christmas has let it be known
that the seeds of a new message were now to be sewn.

No babies in mangers, no wise men about,
But political quotes, in big letters shout.

Less cheery scenes of Mary and Joe,
“No, there’s too many and most have to GO!”

So now things have changed at Palisades Park,
a little less light, and a little more dark.

(As if we needed anything else to add to these depressing times!)


This weblog article draws from several different sources on the “interwebz,” some of these quoting the Associated Press. While the LA Times and Pocono Record report only 14 displays in total, I made a quick call to the City of Santa Monica and spoke with Barbara, who informs me that 21 is the correct count.

“Atheist Messages Displace California Park Nativity Scenes” (Fox News, retrieved on Dec 13th, 2011)

“Atheists push nativity scenes out of California park by dominating lottery for plots” (The Pocono Record, retrieved on Dec 13th, 2011)

“Atheists get Santa Monica Nativity’s display spaces in park” (Los Angeles Times, retrieved on Dec 13th, 2011.)

“Atheist messages displace CA park nativity scenes” (WNYT, retrieved on Dec 13th, 2011)

2 comments on “Faith and Religion: Vix Vexes Christmas

  1. truelibertarian says:

    Huh, Palisades Park is a town right near me. Interesting.

    Anyway, this is pretty ridiculous and offensive. As an agnostic atheist, I’m upset that this jackass is a representative of *some* of my beliefs. He makes us all look bad. Christmas decorations in public have nothing to do with separation of church and state, and that’s coming from a person (me) who is a firm believer in separation of church and state! Let people believe what they like, celebrate what they like, in peace. Seriously.

    If I was in his place, I’d have rented out as many of those as I could and I’d have put one religion/faith symbol (whether they’re Christmas decorations, religious quotes, etc.) per display spot. And every one of them would be different. And I’d save one for agnosticism and another for atheism, of course. Not only would it be absolutely hysterical to see Christmas decorations right near the Paganism display spot, but it actually serves atheists (and the like) much better than outright obnoxiousness.

    • Brad says:

      Mr. Vix has a job. For the most part he is a overpaid construction worker.
      Look up his employer and there ties to to you. You will see that there is a way
      to let Mr Vix feel how you feel as well. I am. A simple letter will do the trick.

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