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Dutch Holiday The most amazing thing about Amsterdam’s living crèche this year is not that it was mounted by an all-gay cast, not that all the principles were dressed in an opulent blue fabric with huge gold flowers, not that the Virgin Mary was a guy in drag, not even that it cost around €15,000 ($20,800) to stage. It is instead that the cost was borne and the project sponsored by the Amsterdam City Council—and the fact that almost no one objected to the display (though “Christians for Truth” issued a perfunctory statement). A spokesman for the organizing group (“Pro Gay”) said they planned to make it an annual event.

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