Some Christian groups protested. The organization Christians for Truth said the idea "mocks the core concepts of Evangelism."
"By putting Joseph and Mary down as homosexuals, a cracked human fantasy is being tacked on to history from the Bible," the organization said in a statement urging the city and organizers to cancel the event.
The manger, with actors playing the parts of Joseph and Mary, goes on display Dec. 21.
Van Dalen said it was not intended to be offensive, but was meant as a "wink" at heterosexual assumptions.
The article ends on an interesting note:
A study last month found that homophobia is an ingrained problem in the city despite the Dutch reputation for tolerance, and physical attacks on gay men are a weekly affair.
I am not advocating physical attacks on gay men. However, I do want to point out that the people who organized this event may actually be fomenting the problem. The Netherlands already has gay marriage. Why push people's buttons with this mockery of the Christmas story?
Hat Tip to Greg Griffith at Stand Firm in Faith