Can it be? Did someone somewhere actually get it right? Has the tide turned in the so-called “war on Christmas”? Or did Christmas just win the battle and not the war? A Pyrrhic victory or a more substantial shift? The Seattle airport in Washington state removed nine Christmas trees on Friday night as a result of Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky’s request that they display a (that’s as in ONE) menora among the “holiday trees.”
Can I just pause and say that the politically correct term for a Christmas tree IS Christmas tree! It’s not a “holiday” tree, for goodness’ sake. The only reason we’ve been forced to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is that there are several holidays celebrated in December, but only ONE holiday is represented (now, anyway) by the Christmas tree. A Jewish menora is not a “holiday candle” nor is a Kwanzaa kinera a “holiday” candle.
Okay, so the Rabbi wants to have a bit of display at the sprawling enormous airport to represent his beliefs alongside those of his Christian neighbors; he didn’t want nine menoras installed, after all, and he didn’t even dictate where the proposed menora should go. Furthermore, he volunteered to provide the airport with a menora for the purpose of displaying it (i.e. doing so wouldn’t cost the airport a dime). The airport’s reaction? Well, we won’t be accused of having favorites, and we won’t be put in the position of catering to every religion going, so we’ll just pull those pesky symbols of Christmas. That’s good, right? No more Christmas, no more controversy.
Oh, never had they been more wrong. People, including the good Rabbi, were appalled. Sure, he threatens to sue, but how else to let the big business that is the Seattle airport know that he’s serious after having asked nicely once? He wasn’t suing to remove the trees nor for the display of nine menoras alongside the nine Christmas trees. I wish he hadn’t threatened suit, but we live in a litigious society these days, so I’m not all that surprised he felt that it was his only recourse. When a woman can sue McDonalds because her kid’s obese . . . (sigh, but that’s a whole other topic).
The trees are back up at Seattle airport, but not the menora. Personally, I think that’s a travesty; the airport, at least to my mind, was wrong and should not only apologize but also display the menora. What’s the big? Anyway, they are in talks with the Rabbi to figure out the very complicated procedure for displaying the nine Christmas trees and one menora NEXT year. Sigh. Poor old King Pyrrhus; don’t you just feel for him?
For information on the war on Christmas:
Michelle Malkin’s column, including a link to the John Gibson book that coined the term: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/003977.htm
Report on Bill O’Reilly’s take on it, including vid: http://mediamatters.org/items/200511210003
Rebuttal by the Washington Post entitled “What War on Christmas?”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/09/AR20051209013…