“Atheist activists are lambasting a Wisconsin politician’s video for its inclusion of ‘Merry Christmas’ greetings and an invitation to nonbelievers to ‘consider the hope offered’ by Jesus, calling it an ‘overtly proselytizing message,'” reports The Blaze.
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an open records request to determine if government funds were used in the creation of the video, which features Republican state Rep. Scott Allen; it was uploaded to the Wisconsin Assembly Republicans YouTube page on Dec. 18.”
“It is unclear at this point whether state resources were used to produce this video, but we have included an open records request to determine if this is the case,” the atheist group wrote in a letter to the Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin House of Representatives. ‘It’s our understanding that these messages, including Allen’s proselytizing message, were distributed using state resources…'”
“Merry Christmas to me and my fellow Christians celebrating the birth of our savior, our Emmanuel, well, it is one of the most important celebrations of the year,” Allen proclaimed in the video.
He continued, “For those who may watch this who are not Christians, I invite you to consider the hope offered by the prince of peace.”
Allen went on to say that he hopes that everyone who viewed the clip would be “filled with joy and high spirits” and that their life would be full of festivities and rejoicing, concluding that the “world needs more love and more peace.”
[Dr. Chaps’ comment: I wish more State Reps would talk about Jesus, especially at Christmas. There is nothing wrong or illegal about religious speech, especially for those protected by the First Amendment, including both citizens and lawmakers alike.]
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