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‘Nativity Story’ Inappropriate for Christmas Festival?

Posted by thelamp on December 14, 2006

A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story. At least, that’s the misguided opinion of officials in the Chicago mayor’s office. Authorities have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film “The Nativity Story” might offend non-Christians.

New Line Cinema, which said it was dropped as a corporate sponsor, had planned to play a loop of the new film on televisions at the event. The decision had both the studio and Christians across the nation shaking their heads. Frankly, heads are shaking in bewilderment at the Center for Moral Clarity, too.

It’s hard to think of anything more ridiculous than taking Christ out of a Christmas festival, particularly since there is a nativity scene in Daley Plaza. Some vendors at the festival also will be selling items related to the nativity.

Still, the city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another. This is taking the notion of separation of church and state way too far. In attempting to be religiously correct, the city has exemplified extreme insensitivity.

An executive vice president with New Line Cinema said the studio’s plan to spend $12,000 in Chicago was part of an advertising campaign around the country. It’s not surprising that the Chicago festival was the only instance where the studio was turned down.

The decision is a disappointing affront to Christians, who probably would be more inclined to shop and participate in the city’s event by the presence of posters, brochures and other advertisements of the movie.

One would assume that people attending a Christmas festival might actually expect to see and read about events and activities relating to the birth of Jesus Christ. Sponsorship from the film “The Nativity Story” is more appropriate than much of the secular merchandise that likely will be splattered across billboards and newspaper ads.

The festival is about Christmas. The event’s advertisers should be as well.



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