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Pagan Attack On “Merry Christmas”

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Pitman, New Jersey (My9NJ) - At this time of year, many disagree with how we should greet one another - Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? The dispute has come to a head in the town of Pitman. Specifically at a busy intersection where there is a billboard posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that says “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.” Below the billboard, there are several small signs that say “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Dan Barker, the Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discussed the organization’s intention regarding the sign. “Our sign says keep Saturn in Saturnalia which is obviously a cute kind of tongue in cheek way of addressing the holidays,” he said.

Barker acknowledged that no one celebrates Saturnalia anymore. A Pagan holiday that once involved orgies and child sacrifices. Instead, his intention is to point out what he feels is the real reason for the season – the winter solstice.

“Most people I talk to they think, the majority, the status quo is celebrating Christmas this time of year and I usually have to correct them, ‘happy holidays’,” he said.

There are in fact many holidays that fall around this time of year, from Hanukah to Kwanzaa and even the Festivus.

Barker noted that there has not been much reaction to the billboard in Pitman. Are we too politically correct at Christmas time?


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