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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Chicago Dumps Christmas Story Movie from Christmas Festival

Another example of the type of religious discrimination that is freely practiced in America.

Chicago cancels Nativity

It seems Chicago has nixed upcoming film The Nativity Story from its Christmas festivities.

The Nativity Story stars Whale Rider Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and is expected to be a faithful, distinctly non-Passion Of The Christ-style take on the biblical epic.

But Chicago officials are worried that ads for the movie might offend non-Christians and have therefore banned it from the town's parade.

Apparently, local government types are concerned about promoting one religion over another, with a spokesperson saying: "Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would... be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its foods and unique gifts."

The decision has caused anger among pro-Christmas campaigners who say the decision is about bowing to the forces of change.

One religious group's spokesman says: "The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ."

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