'Modern Grinches' Step Up Anti-Christmas Efforts

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The ongoing war against Christmas appears to be getting worse across the country as so-called modern grinches step up their efforts to take Christ out of the holiday.

"I think it's about time personally that people who don't have any religion and don't believe in God get a little bit of a voice," one self-proclaimed atheist said.

Atheist groups have been vocal during this Christmas season, hoping to keep the birth of Jesus out of the lime light.

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In Santa Monica, Calif., atheists took a stand against religion by hanging up signs next to a manager.

Meanwhile, in Boca Raton, Fla., Christmas trees and menorahs have been removed from inside city buildings.

"It's a real shame that the extremists on either side are so extreme that they cannot just allow government to do what the Supreme Court suggests that government should do," noted Mayor Susan Whelchel.

Religious organizations are threatening to sue if the holiday decorations aren't allowed to stay.

"For many years inside City Hall we had tree that we referred to as a Christmas tree and a menorah," Whelchel said.

"And that is what the Supreme Court says you can have that are secular in nature," she added.

In the nation's heartland, the city of Tulsa, Okla., referred to by some as "the buckle of the Bible belt," recently took the word 'Christmas' out of it's annual holiday parade.

In response, several churches organized their own Christmas parade and scheduled it at the exact same time as the city-sponsored event.

"People were singing because they were talking about Christmas and how great it was and it was pretty fun to watch," parade watcher Chloe Tunnell said.

Many cities have bowed to pressure to take down Christmas decorations in hopes of keeping the peace.

"I can totally understand being neutral. Then I think you make everybody happy," one person said.

"It's depressing to me. I mean, why change something that was so beautiful?" another person said.

The push by atheists and other groups to keep Christ out of Christmas pops up every year.

But churches and other religous groups remain vigilant, doing whatever it takes to ensure everyone knows the reason for the season -- even if that means going to court.

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