Complaints about over-regulation led Santa Monica to be called “The People’s Republic,” although it’s too prosperous to deserve the label. Now it might lose another designation: “The City of the Christmas Story.” This year, Atheists forced a lottery for spaces in Palisades Park, where life-sized nativity scenes have been displayed for almost 60 years.
So, Santa Monica held a lottery. Out of 21 possible spaces, the Atheists won 18 and the Christians just 3. One other space went to Jews to put up a Menora. How have Christians reacted? Hunter Jameson is chair of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, composed of 13 churches and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association…
Hunter Jameson, Chairman, Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee
Damon Vix, Member of the American Atheists, Santa Monica
Barbara Stinchfield, Director of Community and Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica
Bob Holbrook, Veteran Santa Monica City Councilman