Court date set for Green Bay nativity scene lawsuit

Published August 12th, 2008 by Bobby Henderson


Some of us what happened last Christmas when Green Bay city officials installed a Christian nativity scene atop a public building. Drama ensued when the city would not allow displays representing other religions – including the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They mayor referred to a proposed Pastafarian display as “silly”. (Clearly he hadn’t seen my schematic (below)).

Now the city of Green Bay is being sued. Not by us – by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Madison-based foundation and 14 local residents are suing the city of Green Bay, Mayor Jim Schmitt and former City Council President Chad Fradette over the display. The lawsuit claims the display depicting the birth of Jesus violates the Constitution as a governmental endorsement of religion.

I can’t get too worked up about any of this. I’m sure most of us Pastafarians are not offended by Jesus displays. I assume that most Christians would enjoy a festive Pastafarian display. If we’re going to allow one religious display, why not allow them all? What’s the problem? Who doesn’t like pirates and strippers?


Maybe Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt just doesn’t understand what a wonderful belief system we have. I can’t help but wonder if this all could have been avoided if we had done more evangelizing.

I suppose the Mayor will be busy for a while battling for his right to endorse Jesus with government resources, but after this lawsuit dies down maybe we can convert him to the one True religion.

You can read more about the lawsuit at the Chicago Tribune here.

41 Responses to “Court date set for Green Bay nativity scene lawsuit”

  1. David J says:

    Okay, it’s killing me. What’s with the midget? (BTW, I have not yet read the gospel of the FSM).

  2. TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

    Alas, the ales fell overboard and met up with their alewives, so they won’t be coming. See you at the volcano!

  3. Ubi Dubium says:

    David J:
    “Okay, it’s killing me. What’s with the midget? (BTW, I have not yet read the gospel of the FSM).”

    In the beginning the Flying Spaghetti Monster created a mountain, some trees and a midget.
    Check out Phophet Bobby’s original revelation. He has a wonderful drawing of the creation, check elsewhere on this website, you’ll find it.


  4. Stephanie Grace says:

    You can totally put that tribute up on my lawn!!! Are the strippers real, or just statues? Wait…is the pirate real?

  5. Stephanie Grace says:

    Also, David, when He first created the earth there were only mountains, trees and a midgit.

  6. flyingspaghettiapostle says:

    Whatever happened to the pirate ship we was buildin? I wanted to touch the cannons dammit!

  7. Pirate Waardie says:

    I’m glad the strippers are ‘extra’ slutty… cause plain ol’ slutty just doesn’t cut it for us devotee’s :P

  8. IreTea says:


    This made me giggle. Lots.

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