Friday, December 17, 2004

Atheists Beat Back jesusland - Put An End To "Giving Tree"

Sidney and Jennifer Stock are two people you need to know about. They worked very hard to manifest the solidness of they're movement (probably a lot of grunting and huffing, and maybe even some wheeping and moaning and nashing of teeth.);0)

Read about them, and know that there're people out their who are willing to stop at nothing in order to take down the totalatarian regime of jesusland. We can all be proud of the Stocks and admire them:

BELLEVUE - You can't miss the Christmas tree in Bellevue City Hall.
"It's decorated with gold balls and gold ribbon," described a city worker.

They don't actually call it a Christmas tree.

"We call it the 'giving tree' because it's meant as a season of giving and that's what it's for," explained Patrice Cole, who just made a donation.

The tree is adorned with requests for gifts from needy families. It generates nearly $25,000 worth of donations.

So, you might be surprised that Sidney Stock would look at this tree and say, "I resent it."
Sidney and Jennifer Stock are atheists.

They asked the city council to remove the tree because it represents Christmas, which is a Christian holiday.

Stock says city hall should: "Act as a place where everybody feels welcome. It is impossible for everybody's religious belief to be displayed and non-religious belief to be displayed, so therefore, no religious beliefs be displayed."

The courts already sided with the city on this one.

Barbara Ramey, spokesperson for the city explained. "Courts have ruled that Christmas trees are actually a secular symbol so given that, we are within the court precedents set on this issue," says Ramey.

The Stocks complained after a city worker told them the tree makes him feel out of place, and if he says so, he fears for his job.

The couple's already gotten hate-filled phone calls, but they speak out anyway, because they believe many people feel the way they do but stay silent.

"There are a lot of people who've come to this country, maybe have been here for years, who don't feel freedom to say anything," says Jennifer Stock. "So we feel we're saying it for those people. Not just for ourselves."

The city doesn't plan to take the tree down and expects it will go up again next year.
They can also expect to hear from the Stocks.

Sidney Stock points out that to bring about change, you have to stir the pot.

"I try and be aware of injustice and inequality when it affects anybody or everybody," he says. "Certainly this is something that has been a problem for as long as I can remember."

It has been a problem for as long as I can rmember too, Mr. Stock. I am so glad that I am not the only one speaking out on this issue.

You'll will notice that the city of Bellevue, jesusland, has tried to subvert our consitutionel rights by NOT calling it a christmas tree. They call it a "Giving Tree" instead. Wink wink nod nod.

Oh yeah, like that's gonna fool us. What? Do you take us for a bunch of buffoons or something?

Sidney is to be commended for the gargantuan movement he has displayed. It really is eextraordinery. But, rreally, we all need to be preparing oursleves for the day, when we will have to take up arms against our oppressors, these "Giving Tree" jesusland frickin' mainiacs.

Oh yes, and don't froget:

I, Memes, says when you come home from shopping at the Gap and the Limited, and after you have eaten at places like Johnny Rockets and Cinnabon, and befroe you go home to watchCharmed on Tv, why not download the new Lindsay Lohan CD Speak, from iTunes for only $9.99.

Remember, I, Memes, says give iTunes during this special Holiday, (Kwazna, WinterSolstice, Chanuka, Descent of the Coca-Cola Bottle, Lotus Tree Day, Ramadan, etc.) Season of giving.


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