Rabbi forces airport to remove Christmas tree


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from CNN:

SEATAC, Washington (AP) – All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a rabbi had requested.

Maintenance workers boxed up the trees during the graveyard shift early Saturday, when airport bosses believed few people
would notice.

“We decided to take the trees down because we didn’t want to be exclusive,” said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. “We’re trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year.”

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, who made his request weeks ago, said he was appalled by the decision. He 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. (Watch how the rabbi’s complaint left them treeless in Seattle [i.a.cnn.net/cnn/.element/img/1.5/main/icon_video.gif](“javascript:cnnVideo(‘play’,‘javascript:cnnVideo(‘play’,’/video/us/2006/12/10/holcomb.wa.airport.xmas.tree.display.king’,‘2006/12/17’);’,‘2006/12/11’);”))

“Everyone should have their spirit of the holiday. For many people the trees are the spirit of the holidays, and adding a menorah adds light to the season,” said Bogomilsky, who works in Seattle at the regional headquarters for Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish education foundation.

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#2

I wonder how they would have reacted if he had asked instead of making a threat of a lawsuit.


#3

being discussed here already…
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=123754


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