A nativity scene planned for a popular Christmas market in southern Sweden has been cut after the organizers felt it compromised their “political and religious independence”.
I hope they don’t call their holiday ‘Christmas’ then. They should call it ‘Doofus Day’ or even better – ‘Dum Dag’.
“I am devastated and think they are crossing a line here. What are they celebrating at Fredriksdal? Is it just a commercial affair?” said church official Eva Åsare to local paper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD).
When the planning for the Christmas market at Fredriksdal Gardens and Museums in Skåne County began several months ago, the organizers initially thought that the church’s proposal of a nativity scene with children from two local congregations would be a nice addition to the market.
However, a few months into the planning, the church received an email saying that the nativity scene would be cut as the market wanted to safeguard its identity as a “politically and religiously independent operation”.
Åsare said that the decision is a sign of “blatant fear of religion” and that the decision opens for new questions:
“Are you allowed to sell a straw star – that’s also a religious symbol? Are you allowed to sing Christian carols in concert? And what about the advent calendars?” Åsare asked the paper.
She finds it strange that a nativity scene would be considered out of place at a Christmas market, considering it depicts the reason Christmas is celebrated in Helsingborg, as well as many other parts of the world.
Only in Sweden.
A talented head cook at a school in central Sweden has been told to stop baking fresh bread and to cut back on her wide-ranging veggie buffets because it was unfair that students at other schools didn’t have access to the unusually tasty offerings.
Or do you want to spare your child the burden of being gendered? Fear not, the Swedes have come to the rescue…
Earlier this month, the movement for gender neutrality [in Sweden] reached a milestone: Just days after International Women’s Day a new pronoun, hen (pronounced like the bird in English), was added to the online version of the country’s National Encyclopedia. The entry defines hen as a “proposed gender-neutral personal pronoun instead of he [han in Swedish] and she [hon].”
Absurdly, there’s much more on the topic… here. Soon a new version of the Bible in Swedish may appear in which God creates not male nor female, but ‘it’.
The rescuer of Sweden’s ‘igloo man’ Peter Skyllberg believes the car in which he was trapped was never completely sealed shut by snow, casting doubt on the incredible story of survival. … The story of Peter Skyllberg’s survival was hailed as “the case of a lifetime” by Swedish doctors, while outdoor experts were amazed that someone could endure such inhospitable conditions for so long. But now questions are being raised about the veracity of his tale. One of his rescuers has told The Sunday Telegraph that he believes the car in which he was trapped was never completely sealed shut by snow, while other local residents claim that it would have been easy for him to escape if he wanted to.
No one lives for months in a car without food, eating only snow. I’m surprised anyone believed the tale in the first place.
Sweden may not condone file-sharing—it’s still illegal—but the country is officially OK with belief in the practice. Some 3,000 passionate file-sharers have gotten their beliefs recognized as an official religion. The Missionary Church of Kopimism—as in, “copy-me-ism”—has sought official status in Sweden since 2010, and it’s finally won the battle, TorrentFreak reports. The decision follows a pair of rejections; authorities wanted Kopimism to define its prayer practices.
And that’s not the worst part. The worst part is found in the story survey-
Yup- 52% of the people reading the story think it’s a fine idea… Imbeciles. That thump you just heard was me hurtling a screaming geek into the fiery pit.
Prayer: As you can see, dear God, people aren’t getting smarter or better, they’re getting dumber and worse. Feel free to call it all off. Your friends, the sane.
They aren’t members of the Church anyway. Regardless of what they might ‘believe’.
via Fr Stephen’s Blog
Because, and only because, there aren’t any Episcopalians or Anglicans in Sweden.
Mi hanno appena segnalato questa notizia – Church officials in Sweden are pondering what to do about a Stockholm-area pastor who allegedly put photos of himself wearing a porn-themed T-shirt on Facebook. La fonte è la UPI.
From the report
The minister, whose name was not reported, was supervising a group of Swedish teenagers on a trip to France when he wore the T-shirt with the word “Fabodjantan” — the name of a 1970s porn film that translates roughly as “cowshed wench” — above a subheading that said “Akta svensk hardporr” or “Real Swedish hardcore porn,” The Local reported Tuesday.
Not very bright. One has to wonder about the guy’s sanity. Or maybe he was trying to be cool. And then this gem-
Word of the pastor’s attire reached the Stockholm Diocese of the Church of Sweden in late November. The person who complained found the T-shirt “extremely inappropriate clothing for someone representing the Church of Sweden.”