December 13, 2009

Standing Up For Christ in Chambersburg, PA

Chambersburg PA Public Square.jpgThe community of Chambersburg, PA, was recently faced with the same choice many communities throughout the U.S. must make each year: allow atheist signs to accompany Christian holiday displays or ban such displays altogether. Most communities decide to allow all displays, but Chambersburg opted for the ban. As you might expect, this has riled up a few of the town's Christians.

This article by Roxann Miller manages to present a two-sided story exclusively from the side of the upset Christians. I guess it was too much trouble to allow the town atheist to explain his point of view.

As nice as it was to hear from an assistant pastor of a Christian extremist church about how upset she is that only 50 showed up for a protest rally at which she'd been expecting thousands, I think it would have been better for the citizens of Chambersburg to learn about why it was not appropriate to have a nativity scene in their town square.

When confronted with the choice between allowing all displays and banning any sort of display, Chambersburg went for the ban. They didn't have to do this. Virtually no community chooses the ban over inclusivity. But if Chambersburg would rather upset a handful of Christians than tolerate an atheist sign, so be it. Personally, I'd like to see more towns make this choice.