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Mock ACLU Nativity Scene features "Gary and Joseph"


In an attempt to expose the "extremity" of the ACLU, the University of Texas Chapter of The Young Conservatives of Texas has installed an unusual nativity scene on that university's Austin campus to be on display at least through today. A handy explanation is provided on the YCT website:

“We’ve got Gary and Joseph instead of Mary and Joseph in order to symbolize ACLU support for homosexual marriage, and of course there isn’t a Jesus in the manger,” said Chairman Tony McDonald. “The three Wise Men are Lenin, Marx, and Stalin because the founders of the ACLU were strident supporters of Soviet style Communism. The whole scene is a tongue-in-cheek way of showing the many ways that the ACLU and the far left are out of touch with the values of mainstream America.”

So same-sex parents can't have a child, eh? A terrorist shepherd and an angel with the face of Nancy Pelosi also feature prominently.

Said Executive Director Joseph Wyly: "The ACLU and other left-wing extremist groups are working diligently to destroy American’s rights to the free expression of religion. We’ve already seen in Chicago an attempt to censor the nativity by a city government this week. It’s just more evidence that there is a War on Christmas being waged by the far-left in this country."

Now that's the wingnut Christmas spirit. However I don't think "the values of mainstream America" they're trying to promote necessarily agree with those of the Saviour they've chosen to exclude.

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  1. "The War on Christmas." That is the funniest phrase ever written.

    Posted by: James | Dec 5, 2006 8:31:38 AM

  2. They forgot Fred Phelps! Ex-ACLU attorney! Oh, perhaps there was not enough room to show both sides of the equasion on the cresh.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 5, 2006 8:41:33 AM

  3. The sad thing is that the ACLU would probably represent these creeps if their "nativity" display were to be prohibited by the university.

    Are all conservatives idiots? Or just the ones from Texas?

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 5, 2006 8:43:40 AM

  4. great point, Jonathon.

    Rush Limbaugh who hates the ACLU sure did love them for a few minutes when they came to his defense in his drug case.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Dec 5, 2006 8:54:10 AM

  5. No, not all conservatives are idiots. Many are not, in fact. As with any political ideology, it is the ones on both fringes that cause the most strife. On one hand, the ACLU on the other are right-wingers like this. I'm a gay atheist and I have no problem seeing nativity scenes and menorahs in parks, but I guess I'm in the minority. Oh, and I'm a conservative, too.

    Posted by: Kamasutra Jones | Dec 5, 2006 8:54:33 AM

  6. I've always said that those people who use Jesus' name to espouse their hatred are in complete contradiction of what he preached. To those who ask like "What Would Jesus Do?," I say "Probably be less hate-filled than you."

    Posted by: Larry | Dec 5, 2006 9:00:24 AM

  7. "I have no problem seeing nativity scenes and menorahs in parks, but I guess I'm in the minority."? Minority? Really? Surely not?

    As a suggestion, Andy, would you be able to set up polls on the website? I'd love to know people's opinions on the "issues of the day" etc.

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 5, 2006 9:05:24 AM

  8. Fuckin' A!

    I hate it when my fellow Texans act like jackasses.

    What a bunch of cocksmooches.

    Posted by: Blair | Dec 5, 2006 9:06:10 AM

  9. I attend the University of Texas at Austin and stopped by to see their display.

    To answer your question: no, not all Conservatives are stupid, and no, they're not all from Texas - but it is hard to avoid the plain fact that the YCT has a high idiot-to-Conservative ratio.

    Posted by: Jake | Dec 5, 2006 9:06:42 AM

  10. I work at UT - about 300 yards from where this photo was taken. It isn't there now - I headed over there right after I read this. I didn't see it yesterday, either -- 'course, I don't usually walk that direction and I wasn't actually looking for it. They probably take it down in off hours so that it doesn't get trashed (this is Austin, after all).

    The Young Conservatives of Texas are one of the most ridiculous organizations on this campus. They publish an annual list of the "10 most dangerous professors at UT" - their first year out, the list included a professor for the offense of telling a (note the singular) Bush joke in his "Slavic Origins of the Vampire Myth" class. Are you shaking in your boots yet? I am.

    Yet more proof that it's YCT who are out of touch with reality, not the ACLU ...

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 5, 2006 9:07:33 AM

  11. So many ironies, so little space to post.....

    An extreme political faction (neocons) errect a blasphemous Nativity scene (it's ok to deface the iconography of Christmas as long as it's your spoof, huh?), to denounce another extreme political faction (ACLU), which as an organization stands for freedom of expression and would defend these loons in court.

    It's like when flag burners burn the American flag. They are defacing the very thing that represents their freedom to make such a statement.

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 5, 2006 9:10:58 AM

  12. I attend the University of Texas at Austin and stopped by to see their display.

    To answer your question: no, not all Conservatives are stupid, and no, they're not all from Texas - but it is hard to avoid the plain fact that the YCT has a high idiot-to-Conservative ratio.

    Posted by: Jake | Dec 5, 2006 9:16:50 AM


    Posted by: Cory | Dec 5, 2006 9:31:19 AM

  14. Wait, lemme get this straight (no pun intended)... some Jewish girl gets pregnant and blames it on a ghost. Uh-huh.
    Then the kid gets into politics, pisses off all the wrong people and ends up getting the death penalty. And all this morphs into "The Greatest Story Ever Told".
    Then, this cult forms to follow in the "Footprints" of this prince of peace by waging more wars than any other religion in the history of humanity. Flash forward to present day, where we have a Coked up, alcoholic Jesus groupie in the White House claiming that he is does not support torture, all the while worshipping a God that allowed his son to be nailed to a cross to atone for some one elses mis deeds. Right, what parent would idly stand by, watch there kid get tortured and slaughtered, and then go "Oh yeah, thats a blessing! That outta cleanse the sins of the rest of you cretons" ??? Unwed mothers, torture, murder and a codependent blood bath, and they say liberals are out of touch?!!!

    Merry Cryst Meth!

    Posted by: Crixi Van Cheek | Dec 5, 2006 9:34:17 AM

  15. Kamasutra: Gay, atheist AND conservative? You may be a minority of one :)

    More seriously, while I'm not particularly bothered by nativity scenes, I completely agree with the ACLU's stance that they shouldn't be displayed on government property. If people want to see creches, they can put them up in their yards and in their churches. Not everyone in this country is a Christian, so as far as I'm concerned, Christian symbols and government don't mix.

    The whole war on Christmas thing is a joke, and just makes conservatives look stupid. I hope they keep talking about it - then maybe more people will see through their bullshit.

    Posted by: Ken Anderson | Dec 5, 2006 9:38:15 AM

  16. I really don't have a problem with it. They are allowed to express themselves just like we are. If we deny them this right then we are no better than those who wish to surpress our rights. I personally do not like the ACLU since they begin defending "the rights" of NAMBLA (North American Boy Love Association). This is the article to support my opinion . I think that once the ACLU did a lot of good but I believe that time has passed as it has aged and become more bureacratic.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 5, 2006 9:45:11 AM

  17. If I was a Christian, I'd probably be really offended. I'm not -- I'm more likely to be seen writing a check to the ACLU than dropping money in a church collection plate -- and I think this display is really funny, because it satirizes both Christianity and right-wing paranoia. Way to go, young Republicans.

    Posted by: John T | Dec 5, 2006 9:46:41 AM

  18. This display is so extreme it's actually pretty damn hilarious. However, Jesus was probably born in a cave, rather than a man-made building. You'd think they'd capitalize on this, perhaps with an Osama Jesus?

    Posted by: burnssuit | Dec 5, 2006 10:03:11 AM

  19. And does anyone else feel that the Karl Marx wise man holding the book labeled "child porn" is the centerpiece of the collection?

    Posted by: burnssuit | Dec 5, 2006 10:07:42 AM

  20. Yeah, there's nothing wrong with this other than the fact that it isn't really funny at all, even to who it is catoring to. I could appreciate it if they were a bit more clever. Now, if this was a left wing demonstration it would be much funnier because they have funnier material to work with. Ann Coulter would be one of the cows, the KKK would be the 3 wise men, and Mary would be dressed up as June Cleaver with baby Jesus wearing a page uniform. Maybe have George Bush as Harrad off to the side with dead babies in soldier uniforms surrounding him. Now, that's funny.

    Posted by: Bryce | Dec 5, 2006 10:40:25 AM

  21. My god, I am stunned by some of the commenters over the last two days.

    First we had Mike on the Reichen/Lance breakup discussion linking to an article in the extremely right wing, viruently anti-gay, Sun Myung Moon owned Washington Times, to support his claim that gay people don't have long term relationships.

    Then today, we have Matt linking us to a story in the equally right wing, equally anti-gay, fundamentalist Christianist website WorldNetDaily to prove that the ACLU supports NAMBLA. He fails to point out that the same people who make this claim also claim that Matt (who I assume is gay) and every other homosexual support NAMBLA and are particularly prone to pedophilia.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I am very open minded about gay conservatives and gay Republicans (having been one once upon a time) but it is truly frightening to me that there are gay people who actually believe that the Washington Times and WorldNetDaily are legitimate sources to use when researching issues related to homosexuality OR liberalism.

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 5, 2006 11:02:08 AM

  22. Or virtually any other subject Zeke. Their looney Mooney bias is pervasive. The Washington Times is a joke in DC. Most get the joke some become the joke.

    Posted by: rudy | Dec 5, 2006 11:08:54 AM

  23. Bryce, it's hard for these particular types of conservatives to be clever.

    To be fair it would be hard for anyone, regardless of their creativity and talent, to be clever if, like these guys, they were one trick ponies with such limited material to work with.

    All these guys seem to have in their creativity bag is homophobia and gay marriage and frankly, they've done them to f'n death.

    There's only so much you can do with the "Adam and Steve" schtick. Yeah you can change it the "Joseph and Gary" or "Romeo and Julius" or any of a thousand other combinations but really, to those who are to the left of Fred Phelps and Jerry Falwell, it's getting really old and it just isn't very funny.

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 5, 2006 11:12:40 AM

  24. With real wars going on in Iraq and Afganistan it is beyond insulting to use the term "War on Christmas". Get a fucking life.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 5, 2006 11:16:54 AM

  25. ...and yet, if anyone dared to put up a nativity scene mocking Christian beliefs, you can bet Hell would be unleashed. These guys are treading on some dangerous territory. It's proof that some Southern conservatives are so blinded by a fear of other viewpoints that they're undermining their own platforms.

    Posted by: PJ | Dec 5, 2006 11:56:52 AM

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