Yes, read it again… that’s what it says. It brings absurdity to an entirely new level and provides an even more ridiculous category for political correctness. And the name of this annual Christmas celebration? It’s the German Christkindlmarket – yet the movie chronicling the birth of Christ is not welcome.
Somehow, though, the grand Nativity display that has been a part of the Celebration since its inception is perfectly o.k. and not considered “insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts,” in the words of Jim Law of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. By the way, among the “unique gifts” is a vendor advertised as follows on the official Christkindlmarket website:
Bethlehem Nativity Products – From the Holy Land –
Nativity scenes, praying hands & religious symbols
According to Natalie Martinez of NBC5 in Chicago, the movie was listed on the city Web site as a sponsor of the city’s largest Christmas celebration at Daley Plaza until recently. Even though the city claims they “never threatened to withdraw their support” of New Line Cinema’s movie, a statement by New Line expresses their frustration: “We don’t understand why our sponsorship would be rejected for religious reasons, particularly considering the fact that our film details the story that inspired the holiday season that Christkindlmarket was created to celebrate.”
Only after this story drew national attention did the City of Chicago amend their stance to include any mention of advertising standards. Apparently, the City’s problem with New Line Cinema is now under the heading of “aggressive marketing tactics”. Interesting. What heading, pray tell, would this fall under:
*I* found it advertised on the official Christkindlmarket website under 2006 Program Highlights… right after “Grand Opening”.
I’m sorry, but I’m getting mixed messages here, people. If the underwriters of the Christmas festival participate in blatant commercialism, it’s o.k., but if a company produces a movie about the birth of Christ, they can’t pay to display the trailer for that movie?
As long as I understand… :-/
How about everyone just gets used to the idea that Christmas actually IS Christ’s birthday? It IS a Federal Holiday… we all have a day off to honor Christ’s birth and for no other reason. Why not stop the bickering, political hair-splitting, ACLU-ing and try to find out what the day actually means?