12/02/2004

Gay Indians Good, Christians Bad

Via Michelle Malkin...

The Denver Post reports that a church group that wanted to sing Christmas carols has been banned from participating in Denver's Christmas parade, er, "Parade of Lights".

"This event is not one that has ever intended to have a religious message or a political message," said Susan Rogers, with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

She said no overtly religious symbols is allowed in the parade and that means participants can't carry "Merry Christmas" signs and can't sing traditional Christmas hymns.

But in the 30 years that it's been held, there has been an occasional Christmas element to the parade, such as marching bands playing Christmas songs, and several years ago a large balloon in the parade read "Merry Christmas." In 1987, even Mayor Federico Pena greeted the city with "Merry Christmas!" during the parade.

But last spring when the Faith Bible Chapel asked to be a part of the parade, offering to sponsor or build their own float and sing carols, organizers said no because it would be offensive.
It should be noted that the Denver Two-Spirit Society was asked to participate in the parade. According to their "Who We Are" page, Denver Two-Spirit is "a dedicated group of GBLT Native Americans in the Denver area who are united by their struggle to restore Two Spirited people to their rightful place in the sacred circle."

There is no question that Denver Two-Spirit should be allowed to participate. However, the decision to exclude a group of carolers from what is essentially a Christmas parade is a clear indication that there are two Christmases in America. One is about Santa Claus, generally being nice to people, eggnog, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer", and the orgiastic acquisition of stuff. The other is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the man that many believes was sent by God to die for all the world's sins.

It's a shame that the adherents of the former aren't willing to tolerate the adherents of the latter.