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(Abc.net.au)   Middle manager at dole office: "No nativity scenes". Minister for Human Services: "Report for counselling, grinch"   (abc.net.au ) divider line
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2010-12-02 08:55:32 AM  
I can't see a nativity scene without wanting to go all Mr. Bean.
 
2010-12-02 09:00:47 AM  
Of course, Australia doesn't have the 1st Amendment's antiestablishmentarian requirement.
 
2010-12-02 09:19:17 AM  

abb3w: Of course, Australia doesn't have the 1st Amendment's antiestablishmentarian requirement.


sssssshhhh!!


ATHEIST SATANIC LIBTARDS HAVE FIRED THE OPENING SHOTS OF THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!1!
 
2010-12-02 10:34:37 AM  
I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.
 
2010-12-02 10:56:31 AM  
Bob Dole loves nativity scenes. Bob Dole!
 
2010-12-02 10:56:52 AM  
in before the Atheis---

Dammit!
 
2010-12-02 10:56:54 AM  

Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.


Don't forget the everpresent threat of the mailroom going on a crusade against human resources.
 
2010-12-02 10:57:20 AM  

Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.


All of those things have been done by atheists as well. Sounds like your solution would be to ban everything?

People need to lighten up. You don't have a right to be protected from being offended.
 
2010-12-02 10:58:49 AM  
My company's rule is that religious decorations are OK for your personal workspace, but public areas like lobbies are strictly secular. Seems reasonable to me.
 
2010-12-02 11:00:01 AM  

Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.


Ooooh boy. This is going to be a fun thread. I makes me sad that I have a STCW assessment in an hour.
 
2010-12-02 11:02:43 AM  
Didn't know there was a New Zealand ABC. What do the letters stand for down there?

/it is American Broadcasting Company up here
 
2010-12-02 11:03:05 AM  
Just wondering, what's the opposite of Nativity? Foreignicity?
 
2010-12-02 11:03:17 AM  
lh4.ggpht.com
 
2010-12-02 11:04:06 AM  
I'm ok with this. Every year some kid just steals the baby jebus, takes pictures of him all over town with ray bans, a joint in his mouth, a 40ozer, and quietly returns him with the pictures.
/it just sends everyone into a tiffy
 
2010-12-02 11:05:23 AM  

madgonad: Didn't know there was a New Zealand ABC. What do the letters stand for down there?

/it is American Broadcasting Company up here


...the Australian Broadcasting Company.

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2010-12-02 11:05:27 AM  

Barnstormer: Just wondering, what's the opposite of Nativity? Foreignicity?


Yep. That's how Muhammad was born.
 
2010-12-02 11:06:22 AM  

Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.


Too strong. The shooting sprees and domestic terrorism was way over the top. Child abuse is at least saliently related to religion.
 
2010-12-02 11:06:58 AM  

Barnstormer: Just wondering, what's the opposite of Nativity? Foreignicity?


Touristy?
 
2010-12-02 11:07:24 AM  
I support this. Unless you oppressed majority have no problem with every other religious display. More and more people are turning away from religion, and don't need it shoved in their face every year.
/Fark Christmas

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mommylife.net
 
2010-12-02 11:09:40 AM  
Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion?

lol
 
2010-12-02 11:09:42 AM  
scriptorium.lib.duke.edu
 
2010-12-02 11:11:54 AM  
This guy was probably just taking a decision based on the prevailing culture in government of not offending people who don't share your religious view. If you're going to have that culture, don't be surprised if a few people take actions in line with it.
 
2010-12-02 11:13:44 AM  

CaptainWes: I support this. Unless you oppressed majority have no problem with every other religious display.


Hmmm...

FTFA: "I also support staff who wish to celebrate Eid, Hanukkah, Deepavali, the Lunar New Year or any other occasion of religious or cultural significance."

It helps to read TFA sometimes :-)
 
2010-12-02 11:15:29 AM  

Somacandra: CaptainWes: I support this. Unless you oppressed majority have no problem with every other religious display.

Hmmm...

FTFA: "I also support staff who wish to celebrate Eid, Hanukkah, Deepavali, the Lunar New Year or any other occasion of religious or cultural significance."

It helps to read TFA sometimes :-)


You got me. 1 internet for you. Happy Holidays
 
2010-12-02 11:15:55 AM  
The county where I work put up Christmas decorations all around downtown, including a huge Nativity made from different colored rope lights.
Admittedly, it's a conservative, Southern town where residents will angrily "correct" you if you dare say anything other than "Merry Christmas." I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.

Srsly? Freedom of what?
 
2010-12-02 11:17:40 AM  
I like the story that crops up every once in a while about the baby Jesus being stolen from the local church's nativity. Then the church has to make a big announcement that the baby Jesus was not stolen; their tradition is that they don't put Jesus in the display until Christmas morning.
 
2010-12-02 11:18:02 AM  

CaptainWes: You got me. 1 internet for you. Happy Holidays


No problem. Happy Holidays :-)
 
2010-12-02 11:18:52 AM  

penguins_steal_my_sanity: I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.



The English are not welcome in the South.
 
2010-12-02 11:19:10 AM  

penguins_steal_my_sanity: The county where I work put up Christmas decorations all around downtown, including a huge Nativity made from different colored rope lights.
Admittedly, it's a conservative, Southern town where residents will angrily "correct" you if you dare say anything other than "Merry Christmas." I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.

Srsly? Freedom of what?


God forbid they ever met a British person.
 
2010-12-02 11:19:24 AM  

penguins_steal_my_sanity: I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.


Try saying it in Aramaic for them :-)
 
2010-12-02 11:19:35 AM  

LeroyBourne: I'm ok with this. Every year some kid just steals the baby jebus, takes pictures of him all over town with ray bans, a joint in his mouth, a 40ozer, and quietly returns him with the pictures.
/it just sends everyone into a tiffy


*blushes*
I stole the camel from a local church's nativity in high school. I never gave it back though...I cut a hole in the hump and turned it into an ashtray.
 
2010-12-02 11:23:34 AM  

penguins_steal_my_sanity: The county where I work put up Christmas decorations all around downtown, including a huge Nativity made from different colored rope lights.


That is why I love the South. They aren't going to let some libtards come in and ruin their traditions. You don't like it, don't look at it. You don't like the south, don't live there.
And I'm for menorahs or other nationally recognized religions that want to include their displays.

Don't like the lady that corrected you though.
 
2010-12-02 11:24:18 AM  

rogue_L_chick: I stole the camel from a local church's nativity in high school. I never gave it back though...I cut a hole in the hump and turned it into an ashtray.


Ridiculous. Combining camels and smoking? What a dumb idea.
 
2010-12-02 11:29:13 AM  

8.5 tailed fox: rogue_L_chick: I stole the camel from a local church's nativity in high school. I never gave it back though...I cut a hole in the hump and turned it into an ashtray.

Ridiculous. Combining camels and smoking? What a dumb idea.


Absolutely ludicrous. Camels are obviously for children and we definitely don't want children smoking.
 
2010-12-02 11:29:23 AM  

rdub1968: penguins_steal_my_sanity: The county where I work put up Christmas decorations all around downtown, including a huge Nativity made from different colored rope lights.


That is why I love the South. They aren't going to let some libtards come in and ruin their traditions. You don't like it, don't look at it. You don't like the south, don't live there.
And I'm for menorahs or other nationally recognized religions that want to include their displays.

Don't like the lady that corrected you though.


*whew* Thank goodness you said "libtards"...I almost thought you a smart fellow.
 
2010-12-02 11:31:48 AM  
Nativity scenes are a menace. They incite people who are insufferably arrogant about their religion to begin with to be downright unbearable to be around during the holidays.

They're easy to spot. They're the ones bragging "JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!", as if only Christians should be allowed to enjoy christmas because it's THEIR holiday and no one elses.
 
2010-12-02 11:33:08 AM  

rudemix: Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.

Don't forget the everpresent threat of the mailroom going on a crusade against human resources.


I read that as "effervescent" LOL!
 
2010-12-02 11:33:12 AM  

NEDM: penguins_steal_my_sanity: The county where I work put up Christmas decorations all around downtown, including a huge Nativity made from different colored rope lights.
Admittedly, it's a conservative, Southern town where residents will angrily "correct" you if you dare say anything other than "Merry Christmas." I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.

Srsly? Freedom of what?

God forbid they ever met a British person.


The thing I don't get about people who get annoyed over "Happy Holidays" is this:

Most people DO celebrate more than one holiday around this time of year. Heck, in the U.S., even people who also celebrate the Jewish or Chinese New Year ALSO tend to celebrate the Gregorian calendar New Year. So, you've got New Year's plus your traditional winter holiday of choice, plus Thanksgiving if it's early enough. If anyone "corrected" me, I'd be tempted to say, "OK, then, have a merry Christmas, but I hope you don't enjoy New Year's Eve."
 
2010-12-02 11:33:21 AM  

abb3w: Of course, Australia doesn't have the 1st Amendment's antiestablishmentarian requirement.


... which has nothing to do with the situation in question, even if they DID.
 
2010-12-02 11:34:08 AM  
This wouldn't even be a first amendment issue in the US. Private company. Upper management says put the nativity scene up then it goes up. If they wanted to worship Satan (like Wall Street) and build a huge shrine to him in their lobby, that's their right.
 
2010-12-02 11:35:19 AM  
Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived,the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar,or one of various ancient winter festivals.

If folks have issues with religion at Christmas, then perhaps they should go with Festivus.
 
2010-12-02 11:35:39 AM  
Meh. When they start using Predators in the war on Christmas, call me.
 
2010-12-02 11:37:28 AM  

Thunderpipes: Godscrack: I'm all for banning religious objects representing a secretive cult that employs pedophiles as pastors.

Nativity scenes could trigger behaviors like going on shooting sprees killing innocent people, blowing up federal buildings, and of course, pedophilia.

All of those things have been done by atheists as well. Sounds like your solution would be to ban everything?


Citation needed.

penguins_steal_my_sanity: Admittedly, it's a conservative, Southern town where residents will angrily "correct" you if you dare say anything other than "Merry Christmas." I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.

Srsly? Freedom of what?


Freedom to be hypocritical self-absorbed righteous douche bags. To paraphrase Gandhi, not many Christians are Christ-like.
 
2010-12-02 11:38:46 AM  

therealpope: Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived,the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar,or one of various ancient winter festivals.

If folks have issues with religion at Christmas, then perhaps they should go with Festivus.


Christmas is when you give and get presents, do a tree, spend time with family. Only freaks consider it religious. Kids sure don't care, and they have a blast.
 
2010-12-02 11:40:07 AM  

sectorg: This wouldn't even be a first amendment issue in the US. Private company. Upper management says put the nativity scene up then it goes up. If they wanted to worship Satan (like Wall Street) and build a huge shrine to him in their lobby, that's their right.


Yeah Wall Street has a pretty open version of what Good Christians should worship:

i17.photobucket.com
 
2010-12-02 11:42:30 AM  

Thunderpipes: Only freaks consider it religious.


Hahahaha. I again see you deserve to be marked as a favorite, in troll color.
 
2010-12-02 11:43:15 AM  
FTA: "I also support staff who wish to celebrate Eid, Hanukkah, Deepavali, the Lunar New Year or any other occasion of religious or cultural significance."

"Every day is a holiday, every meal is a feast."
-- Old Restaurant Proverb


/Friday is Hawaiian shirt day
 
2010-12-02 11:46:09 AM  

Thunderpipes: therealpope: Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived,the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar,or one of various ancient winter festivals.

If folks have issues with religion at Christmas, then perhaps they should go with Festivus.

Christmas is when you give and get presents, do a tree, spend time with family. Only freaks consider it religious. Kids sure don't care, and they have a blast.


Christmas is family time. Where you have to the entire extended family, like them or not due to the fact they're blood.

New Years is where it is all at. Friends, family you like and drunken excess. We're renting a race track and the hotel next to it and hoping it snows because RWD cars get even more fun on an oval with a few inches of snow out there.

I see no god involved in either of those aside from the occasional "Oh god why?" during family time.

/watched the Directory of Divisional Safety drift his Z06 through the snow last year, one hand on the wheel, one hand alternating between the beer and the shifter while screaming "Look at me! i'm a ricer!"
 
2010-12-02 11:46:32 AM  

johnphantom: Thunderpipes: Only freaks consider it religious.

Hahahaha. I again see you deserve to be marked as a favorite, in troll color.



farm3.static.flickr.com


Troll color?
 
2010-12-02 11:47:36 AM  

Somacandra: penguins_steal_my_sanity: I even had some beeyotch snap "Merry Christmas" back at me when I said "Happy Christmas" one time.

Try saying it in Aramaic for them :-)


Jesus spoke ENGLISH, dammit!
 
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