Published December 23, 2007
Santa on Cross Protests Commercialism
BREMERTON, Wash. — Art Conrad has an issue with the commercialism of Christmas, and his protest has gone way beyond just shunning the malls or turning off his television. The Bremerton resident nailed Santa Claus to a 15-foot crucifix in front of his house.
“Santa has been perverted from who he started out to be,” Conrad said. “Now he’s the person being used by corporations to get us to buy more stuff.”
A photo of the crucified Santa adorns his Christmas cards, with the message “Santa died for your MasterCard.”
The display is also Conrad’s way of poking fun at political correctness. He believes people don’t express their feelings because they’re afraid of what other people might think.
His neighbors found the will to express their feelings this past week. Some were offended but many were just curious.
Jake Tally walked by on Friday and chuckled, but didn’t pretend to understand the message.
“I don’t really know what to think. I know it’s about God but Santa has nothing to do with it,” he told the Kitsap Sun newspaper.
Published December 23, 2007
sorry its been a crazy wknd already.
nic is correct and eric has been freed. here’s the statement from his family:
“Eric Volz was released from a Nicaraguan prison hospital earlier today and will be in hiding, due to reports of threats against him.
We have reason to believe he is being followed and are taking every precaution to assure his safety.
Our family is overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support of Eric’s innocence over the past year. In the center of an impossible situation, we have experienced the most abundant love from friends and total strangers, and we thank you.
We are grateful to the courageous individuals in the Nicaraguan government who fought for truth and justice to prevail in this case as well to those in the US government who provided assistance in securing Eric’s release.
This ordeal has taken an incredible physical and emotional toll on all of us, especially Eric. We thank you in advance for respecting our privacy and allowing our family to recover.”
Published December 18, 2007
i just got an email bulletin i thought i needed to pass along. if you haven’t seen this story on my blog before, here’s the video of the backstory.
here’s the latest:
“Today, the Nicaraguan Appellate Court ruled 2-1 in favor of Innocence for Eric Volz and demanded his immediate release. In fulfillment of Nicaraguan law, Judge Ivette Toruno, the convicting judge who is required by law to sign the release papers, arranged for Eric’s attorney to pick-up the release papers at 2pm this afternoon. However, Toruno left the court at 1:30 and will not come back for the rest of the day. It is unclear as to whether or not she will be in the office tomorrow, as well.
Judge Toruno is currently in contempt of court by refusing to make her appointment and sign the release papers. Eric has been freed, but is still being detained illegally, against the orders of the Appellate Court.
Nicaraguan radio broadcasts have been announcing that the people need to take justice into their own hands, since word of the court’s decision. We are more concerned than ever before, for Eric’s safety.
It appears as if no one in the judicial, penal and/or immigration systems in Nicaragua is responding to requests by Eric’s attorney or by the US Embassy to process Eric’s release immediately as ordered by the court.
Eric’s mother Maggie will appear on CNN AC360 TONIGHT and The Today Show tomorrow morning in the first hour.”
visit eric’s website for more info.
i ask you to add eric to what seems as an always-expanding prayer list