Sunday, December 10, 2006

Jewhad Against Christmas?

In another case of the War Against Christmas, Christmas Trees have been removed from public display at SEA-TAC (Seattle) Airport.
All 15 Christmas trees inside the terminal at Sea-Tac have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi.

As is so often the case, another jew was complaining and threatening lawsuits over public displays of Christmas, again. When are these people going to wake up and 'get it' that they are a minority in this country. If they dont like it, they are free to leave for Israel where offensive expressions of Christmas wont threaten them.

I guess the Rabbi Elazar Grinchstein Bogomilsky didn't like the negative press he was bound to earn for himself(and his congregation), expressing shock at the removal of the trees that he himself requested.

But he cant run from his own actions:
Bogomilsky had hired a lawyer and threatened to sue if the Port of Seattle didn't add the menorah next to the trees, which had been festooned with red ribbons and bows.

You are the one who hired the lawyer and threatened a lawsuit. Fess up to it and quit hiding behind references to 'spirit of the holidays' and wanting to 'turn the lights up'. I'm personally getting tired of whining, belly aching, crybaby minority leaders,such as yourself, and your attempts to remove the cultural aspects from our culture.
"They've darkened the hall instead of turning the lights up," said Bogomilsky's lawyer, Harvey Grad. "There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch."

And who's fault is that?


Mercy Now said...

I'm gonna threaten a lawsuit comes July 4th when they hang the American flag since there are many illegal immigrants here that will be offended by it. We may as well start w/ St Patty's day since many people are not Irish. Heck, may as well start w/ Valentine's Day since not all are loved.

Gino said...

maybe on st patrick's day, the city of chicago should put up an oliver cromwell exhibit, in the interest of equal time and all that...

Anonymous said...

Speaking for myself (I'm an Orthodox Jew), each side has a point:

On the one hand this is de facto a Christian country and given freedom of religion any non-government supported organization or agency certainly has the right to display whatever religious symbols they want.

On the other hand: IF a government sponsored agency IS going to display religious symbols then really they should either display all of them or none of them. Otherwise we have a constitutional problem: non-separation of Church and State.

Nevertheless I think that the Rabbi was wrong to sue from a Jewish point of view: there's no Jewish obligation to put up menorahs in public. The Law is to put them up in your house. So he's pursuing his own thing, not an official Jewish thing. (Nevertheless under American law he has the right to sue - even if the lawsuit is misguided!)

I bless people of all faiths with goodness and joy.