A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film "The Nativity Story" might offend non-Christians.
"The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ," said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations.
It's interesting that at this Christmas festival other religious symbols are welcomed. Blogger Amy Welborn pulled out an old photo showing the Islam crescent at the 2003 festival.
I can't figure out why people are offended by the symbols of Christmas. Why is it that Christians have to be careful about offending other people? Celebrating Christmas not only means that you have presents, Christmas trees, decorations, card and parties, but you also have to respect what Christmas is about.