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Well, blow me! You don’t often see nativity scenes like this.

Well, blow me! You don’t often see nativity scenes like this.

Visitors to a nativity scene in Lucerne, Switzerland, got fits of the giggles when they saw a figure of Mary apparently performing oral sex on Joseph.

But not everyone appreciated the work of the pranksters who rearranged the figures to suggest that Jesus’ mum was giving Joseph a Christmas a blow job.

Franz Schumacher, who created the nativity scene at the market in the picturesque Swiss city, called the prank “disrespectful” and added that it was not funny that his work has been “desecrated”.

That hurts me very much. They do not know that it offends others. But their brains cannot think that far ahead as they have probably drowned them in alcohol.

But, while many did find it funny, the Metro reports that the majority did not enjoy the change, branding it a “shame”.

One passer-by said:

They are really stupid people who did this. I mean, even children have had a look at this.

The Catholic Church also condemned the “unacceptable”vandalism. The local spokesman for the church, Urban Schwegler said:

It is unacceptable to destroy the property of others. And it is also intolerable that someone violates the religious feelings of others.

But in Texas, one deranged Christian believes it’s perfectly OK to ruin Christians for kids and their parents.

The Friendly Atheist Hermant Mehta reports that David Grisham Jr, a self-described Christian “pastor” who recently ran the fringe group Repent Amarillo, strolled into a Texas mall, found a bunch of kids and parents waiting in line to take a picture with Santa, and yelled out that Santa wasn’t real … because Jesus was the true reason for the season.

David Grisham Jr

Representing a new loony tunes group, Last Frontier Evangelism, he yelled at people in the Amarillo shopping centre

… When you substitute the lie of Santa Claus in the heart of your child for the truth of Jesus Christ, you are bearing false witness against God. Don’t lie to your children and tell them there’s such a thing as Santa, when you know in reality that there are no flying reindeer, there is no workshop at the North Pole, there is no elves making toys, that you buy all the gifts and put ’em under the tree.

That’s all the truth. And there is no real Santa Claus. There is no Santa. It is not your place to lie to your children. Tell them the truth about Jesus Christ.

On Facebook, Grisham posted the video with the description that he was “ASSAULTED by parent at Amarillo Texas Mall” for talking about Jesus. There’s no evidence of that in the video other than a man coming close to him and asking him to stop yelling.

Said Mehta:

Grisham is essentially encouraging parents to substitute one myth for another … but that’s a decision the parents should be able to make for themselves. While plenty of atheists would take issue with religious indoctrination – in part, because it’s meant to last a lifetime – most atheists have no problem telling kids about Santa because there’s an expectation they’ll grow out of it.

There’s joy in (temporarily) letting them believe the story and spirit of the holidays … and there’s also joy in seeing children work out the logic behind why Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

Grisham took that away from them. What he did was no different than standing outside a movie theater and spoiling the story for everyone still waiting to buy tickets. It doesn’t make anyone sympathize with his passion; it makes them want nothing to do with him. Ever.

In 2010, Grisham posted a video of a firing squad executing Santa — because it distracted people from Jesus. Grisham is also well-known for targeting gay pride events.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Grisham report).

20 responses to “Well, blow me! You don’t often see nativity scenes like this.”

  1. barriejohn says:

    “Oh, cum, all ye faithful.”

  2. PJH says:

    Moving pieces of a nativity scene is now “vandalism” and “destroy[ing] the property of others”?

  3. David Anderson says:

    Well blow me, I always thought that Joseph was the sucker.

  4. PJH says:

    Nah – Joseph was the cuckold in that relationship; the child wasn’t his, remember?

  5. Paul says:

    I must say I have to agree with the Rcc on their quote – but it needs a few changes:
    “It is unacceptable to destroy the [lives] of others. And it is also intolerable that someone [usually an Rcc priest] violates [[children].”

  6. L.Long says:

    Since almost all setups shows women in that same position except they are in front of jesus. So for once a woman gave joseph a blow job instead of jesus getting the blow job! Yes that is a travesty!!!! Also don’t most manger set ups sohow mary in this position over the jesus figure??? Strange how no one ever thought of jesus getting a blow job!

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    Pastor Grisham is welcome to teach children about the cockatrice (Isaiah 59:5), the unicorn (Daniel 8:5), dragons and the behemoth (Job 40)… but he unkindly doesn’t allow other to play a similar game.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Trevor Blake: I’d cut them some slack there. We don’t know what the original words meant; though a big fish that swallows a man and regurgitates him three days later is certainly stretching things a bit.

  9. Newspaniard says:

    This is all in the eye of the beholder. Why would children think this image was other than Auntie Mary praying before her priest? Unless someone (an adult) told them differently.

  10. David Anderson says:

    PJH; Yes I know. See The Collins English Dictionary.

    sucker noun. 1. a person or thing that sucks. 2 (slang) a person who is easily deceived or swindled.

    Two birds with one word.

  11. Brian Jordan says:

    @L.Long
    Also don’t most manger set ups show mary in this position over the jesus figure??? Strange how no one ever thought of jesus getting a blow job!
    Oh, they did: it’s celebrated on January 1st (what a coincidence!). It wasn’t his mum who gave him the blow job though – it was the mohel who did it.

  12. David Anderson says:

    Bloody sheep are rolling around shitfaced or are those shepherds just doing up their flies?

  13. Club Secretary says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how loony christians such a Pastor Grisham are so irony impaired.

  14. Angela_K says:

    On a disturbing note. I’ve noticed that those imbeciles who insist on covering their houses with ghastly lights are now placing these revolting nativity scenes in their front gardens. My sister has a neighbour a couple of houses away who has a huge nativity scene complete with four metre high illuminated cross in the front garden. My sister and a number of her neighbours are not impressed. My brother-in-law was going to re-arrange the figures but there is sheet of plexi-glass preventing access.

  15. Stephen Mynett says:

    They are a complete pain and tasteless, not to mention the light pollution. I have always said I would not do anything like it but if someone was to market an giant glowing Flying Spaghetti Monster I would reconsider just to piss the religious twerps off.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Stephen Mynett: I am your (real) Fairy Godfather. You SHALL have a giant, glowing Flying Spaghetti Monster!

    http://www.bsalert.com/artsearch.php?fn=2&as=1586&dt=1

    “May the Flying Spaghetti Monster illuminate your solstice”

  17. Alan says:

    ‘Unacceptable vandalism; desecration; violating religious feelings’. A bit over the top.I bet they are a barrel of laughs to be with.

  18. chrsbol says:

    At least it’s a stable relationship.

  19. barriejohn says:

    @chrsbol: That’s virgin in the absurd.

    BTW The sheep appear to me to be falling about laughing (would ewe believe it?).