Tuesday, December 20, 2011

City Bans Menorah

A donor offered City Hall to pay for a menorah to stand in the building's atrium, next to the Christmas tree.

City Hall says:   No Menorah.

Mayor Richards:   either take down the tree, or put up the menorah.  

What kind of mentality is it that would turn this down?

A disgrace.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

In other news.... the County Office Building looks beautiful. A Christmas tree and a menorah. Thank you, Maggie!!

Anonymous said...

disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Why is anyone surprised? Richards is a Democrat. This is what they do. They only acknowledge, accept and promote lifestyles. Gay flags all over City Hall, but no Christmas trees or Menorahs because a few people might be offended. They onlt support "certain" people who are offended.

Anonymous said...

It's not a "few" people. Almost 30% of the population aren't Christian (a number that is fortunately growing every year). Mayor Richards is partially right: get rid of the tree, or put up a menorah as well as whatever symbols represent the holidays being celebrated during the month of December by Muslims, Hindus, Bhuddists, Shintoists, etc, etc. Ideally, he should get rid of the tree if he wants to follow the ideals this country was founded on.

I realize Christians have this demented notion that "freedom of religion" only applies to them, but it's time to get with the program, folks. If you want to live in a theocracy where religion is forced down your throats, I'd suggest Iraq or Iran. Your views will be more welcome there.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous anti-Christian ("fortunately" we have a growing percentage of non-Christians):

I don't much care if there is a menorah in City Hall or not. It would be fine with me. But let's not pretend that all religious holidays - even within the same religion - are of equal stature.

Catholicism, for example, has many feast days and holy days of obligation. But Christmas and Easter are the big two. So none of the others are publicly recognized.

Judaism, too, has its high holy days.Hanukkah is NOT among them. Theologically, it is a minor Jewish holiday. It is given so much attention because the PC police are determined to ensure that all non-Christian religins are given equal time at Christmas.

Don't get me started on Kwanza. But I'm good with Festivus.

repoman said...

I don't personally have a problem with placing a menorah in City Hall, but, as a religious icon, the PC forces in our country have ruled it out.

On the other hand, I think the equivalence between a menorah and a Christmas Tree is mistaken. Christmas is both a religious holiday for Christians and a secular holiday for Americans. Isn't it true that Christmas is a national holiday?

I can accept banning a nativity scene on the Church/State grounds but a Christmas Tree, like Santa, is not a religious icon.

Let me also say that while I accept the ban on religion in the public square, I don't like it. I doubt that the founding fathers had this in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

Anonymous said...

Wow anti-Christian Anonymous. First of all... I think that this blog was saying to mayor Richards to either be fair and take down the tree or put up the menorah. I don't believe the mayor himself decided to take down the tree. As for your rant on Christians... You are just as prejudice and unaccepting as you accuse Christians of being. I for one am catholic and could absolutely care less the religious affiliation of any of my friends or co-workers nor have I have even thought to ask. It sounds like you have had some bitter and horrible experiences but don't generalize all Christians in one ignorant blog post.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it would appear I've struck some truth nerves here, huh?

>>It is given so much attention because the PC police are determined to ensure that all non-Christian religins are given equal time at Christmas.

No, they're given equal time IN DECEMBER. December does not equal Xmas for 2/3 of the world and about 1/3 of all Americans. By putting up a tree in City Hall, you are saying to them "Hi, your beliefs are so meaningless to me, I'm not even going to acknowledge they exist. Sure, our country is based on freedom of religion, but that only applies to we who are still in the majority".

I'll tell you what, let's compromise: get rid of the tree and just put up the menorah. That's fair, right? And, we'll bring forced prayer back to public schools. Five times a day, all students will face Mecca and perform their salat.

>>Don't get me started on Kwanza.

Because the beliefs of others don't matter to you, we get it.

>> But I'm good with Festivus.

Oh, good, at least the made up one you can get behind. How very progressive of you.

>> Christmas is both a religious holiday for Christians and a secular holiday for Americans. Isn't it true that Christmas is a national holiday?

No, Xmas is a religious holiday that is also a national holiday. It is not a secular holiday at all. Well, in all fairness, it's not really a Christian holiday, either, but that's a whole other can of worms. However, when 70% of employees want off for a holiday, it only makes sense to make it universal.

>>Let me also say that while I accept the ban on religion in the public square, I don't like it. I doubt that the founding fathers had this in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

Nope, it's EXACTLY what they had in mind. They saw all too clearly that once church and state become intertwined, some people are going to be set on fire.

>> You are just as prejudice and unaccepting as you accuse Christians of being.

Um, no. I'm unaccepting of those who think following the ideals this country is founded on is supporting "certain" people or disgusting.

Anonymous said...

I always laugh at the "I hate religion and insult those who practice faith" crowd who then profess that people should be accepting of others out of the other corner of their mouth.

I pray for you hate-filled liberals.