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Video: Santa Monica's Ban on Nativity Scenes Becomes Animated Battle of Atheists and Faithful

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Making headlines this week is the story of Santa Monica's ban on nativity scenes in their oceanfront park, a decision upheld Monday by a judge that keeps the public space free of either religious or atheist displays in the holiday season. That news has made it across the ocean, where it has become a very animated (and dirty) battle of the faithful versus the faithfully not religious.

If you source your news from Taiwanese animation videos produced by NMA, you would learn that atheists take the form of floating bug-like militant viruses the Flying Spaghetti Monster* not even the baby Jesus can flatten with his cross (or alternatively, atheists are Santa Claus, the devil, a gun-toting man in a vest, or Triton...of the sea). The news that the judge has upheld the ban somehow delights a dancing jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce (because of the Spaghetti Monster, of course), and Palisades Park is now on Santa Monica Boulevard (not Ocean Avenue). Additionally, you'll learn that Taiwanese ladies in negligees are brought to tears over the loss of Christmas at the hands of a Grinch-y former political leader, and that lazy atheists are hypocrites who take December 25 off to sleep. There. Don't you feel more informed? Enjoy!

*We heard from a couple of readers who pointed out the creature fighting Joseph, Mary, Jesus and pals is the symbol of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and we've updated our post accordingly. And we learned something new!