Monday, December 11, 2006

"Fair" Holiday Representation

"15 Christmas trees inside the terminal at Sea-Tac [Washington] have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi.

A local rabbi wanted to install an 8-foot menorah and have a public lighting ceremony. He threatened to sue if the menorah wasn’t put up, and gave a two-day deadline to remove the trees. The same decorations have been put up for at least 10 years." (source)

Who's to say they weren't Hanukkah bushes?

Here's the thing, of course I have no objection to putting up Hanukkah decorations. My boys have decided they'd rather celebrate Hanukkah and get presents nine days in a row... But then do you have to put up stuff for the Kwanza people? The Muslims? The Mormons? The Christian Scientists? The Moonies? The Scientologists? ...and Festivus?

This is another reason I shy away from teaching... I can envision the lawsuits already: "Pennsylvania Teacher Refuses to Hang Kwanza Decorations...Claims It's a Made up Holiday" (Read the "history" and I think you'll understand) Sometimes, the majority should rule for the sake of simplicity...and sanity.

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