Late last week, U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Christian group looking to force City Hall to permit Christmas nativity scene displays in Palisades Park. It was a last-ditch effort to restore a nearly 60-year tradition that was interrupted in 2011 when atheists entered the lottery for public display lots and won 18 of the 21 spaces available, triggering a bitter fight that led the City Council to ban private unattended displays in the park altogether. (The Nativity Scenes Committee announced Monday it would move to a new location.)
We included a link to a Santa Monica Daily Press story on the suit’s dismissal in an Afternoon Cram headlined “The Santa Monica War on Christmas Come to an End” on Friday. What we didn’t do is put the story into national context. In the opening segment of last night’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart did. His take: the skirmish in Santa Monica was but a single battle. The War on Christmas–and the War on The War on Christmas–apparently, rage on.