COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Wisconsin's Freedom From Religion Foundation is peeved at Gov. Ted Strickland for issuing an order that allows Nativity displays in Ohio's state parks. The Madison-based organization is comprised of atheists and agnostics who insist the Constitution demands a high wall separating church and state. The group also contends there is quite a bit of scientific bunk, sexism and violence endorsed by the Christian Bible, and considers God a "troublemaker." It offers this 50-question Bible quiz whose purpose seems to be to put the Good Book in about as bad a light as possible.
The answers are available here. A passing score is 20-29; the average is 15 correct. Here's sample question, along with the answer, from the quiz that seems timely for the group's Yuletide clash with Ohio's governor, who happens to be an ordained Methodist preacher.
"What Christmas tradition is expressly forbidden in the Bible? a. Singing carols house-to-house. b. Exchanging gifts. c. Christmas trees. d. Kissing under the mistletoe.
Answer: C. Many other Christmas traditions have their roots in pagan practices, such as the holy wreath, a fertility symbol. Even the date of Christmas, near the winter solstice, is linked to sun worship. Modern Christians have stolen Christians from the pagans. 'Thus saith the Lord. Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest; the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with hammers, that it move not . . . They are altogether brutish and foolish.' (Jeremiah 10:2-8)"