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Message of Christmas Marred by Violent Santa Displays

December 13, 2005 | 21 Comments

New York, New York, December 13, 2005
Special to The Raving Atheist

A holiday display outside a Manhattan brownstone depicting a bloody-bearded Santa holding a knife in one hand, and a severed doll’s head shooting blood from the eyes sockets in the other, has provoked anger from parents who fear the gory display will traumatize their children.

The outrage is the latest in a series around the nation, including one last week in Miami beach in which a blindfolded Santa was hanged from a tree, a noose around his neck and his arms and legs bound with wire.

“Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of a sweet baby, sent to earth to be beaten, whipped, scourged and impaled on a cross with rough spikes splintering the bones of his hands and feet,” said Donna Rossi, the mother of two. “Why are they trying to destroy the meaning of the holiday by exposing our kids to brutal executions involving mythical characters?”

“This is blasphemy,” agreed Father Thomas Mallory, standing in front of an icon of the Virgin Mary miraculously shooting blood from her eye sockets like a South American horned lizard. “The gentle Yuletide message, for which Christ’s flesh was flayed and pierced so that we all may now wash it down with His blood at Communion, is not served by these unholy displays.”

The owner of the Manhattan exhibit, Joel Krupnik, claimed that he was merely protesting the commercialization of the Christmas season. “The moneychangers must be cast out of the Temple,” he said. Scoffing at this excuse, Rossi suggested that she wouldn’t be surprised if an angry, violent mob “decided to teach that crazy Jew a good lesson.”

Comments

21 Responses to “Message of Christmas Marred by Violent Santa Displays”

  1. franky
    December 13th, 2005 @ 12:13 pm

    Bwahahahahha. It’s posts like these that keep me coming back.

  2. Mookie
    December 13th, 2005 @ 1:37 pm

    Haha! Such a good laugh in the morning. What’s even better is that they just don’t know.

  3. a different tim
    December 13th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    I didn’t know that south American horned lizards could shoot blood from their eye sockets.

    Every day I learn something new…..

  4. Alpha Male
    December 13th, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

    I’m crying from laughing so hard. Deliciously wicked satire.

  5. MBains
    December 13th, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

    “The gentle Yuletide message, for which Christ’s flesh was flayed and pierced so that we all may now wash it down with His blood at Communion, is not served by these unholy displays.”

    D’ya think Pop Mallory would find this, more ancient, Yuletide tradition more in line with his idea of “holy”?

    Yep. I’ve always said there ain’t nothin’ like tradition.

    Cherry Mistmas y’all!
    (and a Slurpy New Year!)

  6. Buridan's Ass
    December 13th, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

    Step away from the dolls Santa. Just. step. away. from. the dolls…

    Via Frank’s Atheistic Ramblings, there’s a hilarious piece over at The Raving Atheist chronicling the holiday spirit of a few brave souls who truly understand the meaning of Christmas. It’s a must see….

  7. Buridan's Ass
    December 13th, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

    Step away from the dolls Santa. Just. step. away. from. the dolls…

    Via Frank’s Atheistic Ramblings, there’s a hilarious piece over at The Raving Atheist chronicling the holiday spirit of a few brave souls who truly understand the meaning of Christmas. It’s a must see….

  8. Buridan's Ass
    December 13th, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

    Step away from the dolls Santa. Just. step. away. from. the dolls…

    Via Frank’s Atheistic Ramblings, there’s a hilarious piece over at The Raving Atheist chronicling the holiday spirit of a few brave souls who truly understand the meaning of Christmas. It’s a must see….

  9. Buridan's Ass
    December 13th, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

    Step away from the dolls Santa. Just. step. away. from. the dolls…

    Via Frank’s Atheistic Ramblings, there’s a hilarious piece over at The Raving Atheist chronicling the holiday spirit of a few brave souls who truly understand the meaning of Christmas. It’s a must see….

  10. Jill
    December 13th, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

    Gosh, RA, why do you hate Christmas? All us Christian folks are asking is for every department store, public school, and governmental entity to recognize Christian holidays above all others, and remind all Americans that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. And it sure seems like people of your breed need some reminding! And saving!

  11. The Raving Atheist
    December 14th, 2005 @ 1:14 am

    Gosh, RA, why do you hate Christmas?

    Jill,

    You know very well that it’s women I really hate. My problem with Christmas is that all the energy wasted imposing its symbolism on everything could better be spent enforcing oppressive misogynistic theocratic policies.

    Now get back to studying.

  12. JUST_ANOTHER_PRIMATE
    December 14th, 2005 @ 9:26 am

    HA HA – I can’t wait for the nativity scene where Joseph is BANGING Mary screaming “Virgin Birth — what %#@%^&$% virgin birth ?!?”

    Mwahahahaha ! I love it!

  13. The Atheologist
    December 14th, 2005 @ 12:01 pm

    Are we sure that this isn’t part of the war on Christmas? The Atheologist thinks that it might be.
    http://atheologist.blogspot.com/

  14. Jason Malloy
    December 14th, 2005 @ 6:35 pm

    I found a pic of creepy Santa.

  15. George Metesky
    December 14th, 2005 @ 6:53 pm

    I’ve been laughing my rear off about this. Does anyone know the address of the display? I want to get some pics before they lynch the owner. BTW: I’ve provided a link to the pic and to your story on my own blog: “God Is Bunk!” Thanks for the belly laugh.

    — George

  16. Debbie
    December 14th, 2005 @ 10:37 pm

    George,

    The first link says East 18th Street in Manhattan.

  17. ashli
    December 15th, 2005 @ 8:59 am

    the thing that’s so disappointing is that the actual image doesn’t really meet the standard of the more phantasmagorical description. it looks like something a 7th grader came up with. i mean, they can afford a 3-million-dollar brownstone but all they can come up with is some red fingernail polish and a cut-n-curl dummy noggin from the local beautician’s supply? sheesh. if you’re going to display a severed head at the hands of satan, i mean santa, then for pete’s sake at least go down to the butcher and get a real live gored out lamb’s head or something worthwhile. put a little fricking effort into it already. it’s CHRISTMAS!

  18. jpm100
    December 15th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    Making a political point by exposing disturbing images to 4 & 5 year children who deserve to enjoy Christmas while they’re young is just so cool.

  19. spurwing plover
    December 15th, 2005 @ 4:29 pm

    Its just as bad as the SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT MOVIEs with the ax weilding santa some people have the most sickist tastes

  20. MBains
    December 15th, 2005 @ 4:32 pm

    … at least go down to the butcher and get a real live gored out lamb’s head or something worthwhile. put a little fricking effort into it already. it’s CHRISTMAS!

    Absolutely!!! Good call.

  21. Jason Malloy
    December 16th, 2005 @ 4:26 am

    Making a political point by exposing disturbing images to 4 & 5 year children who deserve to enjoy Christmas while they’re young is just so cool.

    I agree. This is why we need to get rid of all that bloody corpse nailed to a tree bullshit, so kids can finally enjoy Easter and its cuddly bunny mascot without all the warping horror-show irritations.

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