Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas
From the illustrious city of Philadelphia comes word of an absurd objection to the word "Christmas" in a sign promoting a German-replica shopping village on the grounds of City Hall. Supposedly, a little Jewish girl asked her father why "they" didn't have a village. Rather than explain to his child that Jews don't celebrate Christmas but Christians do, he chose to protest to City Government. So, in the interest of "fairness and inclusion", the village is to be renamed "Holiday Village". Never mind the fact that Christmas ornaments feature prominently among the wares being sold, and that in Germany, where this village originated, it's a Christmas village, not a Hanukah-Kwanza-Saturnalia-Festivus-whathaveyou Village. One of the Muslim vendors thought the name should transcend religion. She should try selling her stuff around Ramadan and see how many customers she gets.
I have a real problem with people who want to declare war on Christmas at the same time they're lining their pockets off the generosity and goodwill of others.
Mayor Nutter came to his senses and the word "Christmas" is going to be re-inserted on the sign. Always good to see when an elected official can admit a mistake and take steps to correct it.
Posted by TLW at 5:34 PM