Someone threatened to steal Christmas from travelers in the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Sunday December 10, but they failed. This was another sad story about removing a traditional Christmas symbol from a public place. Authorities bending to a secular culture fear lawsuits, so they push Christmas in the closet at the least threat. The Port of Seattle was asked to display an eight-foot menorah, giving recognition to the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah as well as to Christmas. However, rather than accommodate that request, airport authorities simply removed all the Christmas trees.

Removing the trees seemed like the easy way out, but angry Christians protested. The airport’s Christmas tradition is over 25 years old, a tree displayed over each of the 15 airport entrances.
However, a Seattle rabbi, with the Central Organization for Jewish Learning, allegedly threatened a lawsuit, and the trees were removed. At 9 p.m. Sunday, the website for the Seattle Times had accumulated 800 complaints about the lost Christmas trees. The trees did not have to go. Moreover, one Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky said he was “devastated, shocked, and appalled” that the airport’s reaction was so drastic.

Before the complaint was launched, the airport did not even have a policy regarding Christmas trees, because no one had every complained before. The roots of US Christmas traditions go back to the Revolutionary War, but in recent years, it looks as though they may come to an end unless people speak up about it.

Officials in Seattle made a huge mistake by removing the trees, but finally achieved arrived the correct outcome when they reinstalled them. The expression of religion should not be removed from public places by authorities who are afraid to defend 1st Amendment rights.

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_120906WABxmastreesEL.11b0d0cc.html

http://www.centerformoralclarity.net/Articles.aspx?page=2006121401

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061212/us_nm/christmas_rabbi_dc_3

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