The following editorial was published in the Chicago tribune on November 29th. John Kass explains that the reasons given for excluding advertising for The Nativity Story at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago:
No advertising of the movie “The Nativity Story” at City Hall’s approved German Christmas festival, called Christkindlmarket, right across the street from City Hall in Daley Plaza.
Christkindlmarket literally means “Christ child market” in German. The sponsors included the producers of “The Nativity Story,” a film about the birth of Christ. The market wanted to run ads about the movie at the festival that commemorates Christmas.
But City Hall determined such ads would offend. Jim Law, mayoral herald and director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, explained:
“Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards suggested to the many festivals holding events on Daley Plaza.”
I see a parallel between AC Grayling’s insistence (see article below) that Christians take their private beliefs out of the public sphere and what is happening here. Do you see it, too?