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A Portrait of Mary by Laura Lee Donoho

Chicago has no room in the Inn for the Nativity Story.

Chicago’s not my kind of town apparently. Chicago’s city officials have decided that The Nativity Story, a film by New Line Cinema, is just too Christian to be a sponsor of Chicago’s famed Christkindlmarket.

The Scrooges fear the ads for the film might offend non-Christians. Actually, I do Ebenezer Scrooge a disservice in my comparison of him to Chicago’s Religion Tsars. Ebenezer was cranky, lonely and unloved. Chicago’s city officials are simply fearful of offending non-Christians….they say. I think it’s worse than that. I think Christianity just really bothers them. (and they’re really very provincial)

I’ve been to the real Christkindlesmarkt in Nurnberg, Germany, and others in Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Rothenberg and Augsburg, Germany and they still manage to keep Christ in Christmas….at least at the Christkindlesmarkts.

A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film “The Nativity Story” might offend non-Christians.

New Line Cinema, which said it was dropped, had planned to play a loop of the new film on televisions at the event. The decision had both the studio and a prominent Christian group shaking their heads.

“The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ,” said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations. “It’s tantamount to celebrating Lincoln’s birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln.”

He also said that there is a nativity scene in Daley Plaza — and that some vendors at the festival sell items related to the nativity.

Kim Priestap at Wizbang has much more.

Kathe Wohlfahrt is the place to cybershop for Christmas ornaments but it’s better to just go there instead of Chicago…….