A 140-foot-tall “Christ Tree,” hit by friendly fire, has become the first victim this year in the so-called War on Christmas.
The city of Enid, Okla., recently spent upward of $150,000 to help one of its citizens install the “Christ Tree,” a Christmas tree meant to highlight “the true meaning of Christmas: our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Ironically, that tree has now been damaged by an “act of God.”
In November, organizers boasted about the tree’s installation, “We are still amazed at what God has done and will continue to do through this tree… This would have been truly impossible on our own. But not with God!”
There may be a reason that there are not many 140-foot-tall trees in Oklahoma. Local crew members noted during the installation of the tree, “Wind is always an issue in Western Oklahoma … insanely, crazy winds.”But maybe this completely foreseeable turn of events wasn’t an accident? Maybe it was a message from on high regarding the hubris of these Christian proselytizers to create the world’s tallest idol, an act for heathens explicitly condemned by the bible in Jeremiah 10:2-4:
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: For one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Regardless of whether this incident was the result of poor planning or the interventions of a misfiring deity, the city of Enid should not have expended taxpayer funds to support this religious “Christ Tree” or the religious events currently scheduled to take place around the now significantly shorter Christmas tree, as FFRF wrote to the city in September.
There’s possibly a lesson to be learned here.