Christians in Piedmont, Alabama were shocked when the city decided to comply with Atheists demands to remove the name of Christ from the Christmas parade theme.
The original theme for the parade was “Keep Christ in Christmas,” but an atheist activist complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a church-state separatist group. The group sent a letter to the city late last month, calling the Christian theme unconstitutional and forcing Piedmont to drop the faith-based message.
“It was a great theme. I was totally shocked when I received the letter. It’s a small town. It’s a small Christmas parade. We didn’t think there would be any problems at all,” Mayor Bill Baker told Todd Starnes.
However, the change didn’t dissuade residents from commemorating the true reason for the Christmas season and hit back with creative alternative. many participated holding signs that read “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas,” while they marched — a legal alternative that put the messages in citizens’ hands. One man dressed up like Jesus and looked as though he was hanging on a cross.
“We’re still going to have this wonderful Christian parade regardless of if we have a theme or not,” Baker said.
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“It annoys me that a small group of people can do what they do and get away with it and the majority has to suffer,” a resident said. “They are infringing on my beliefs.”