Chris Queen

Hating Christmas

Posted on December 25 2010 6:00 am
Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his blog, Random Thoughts From The Revolution, and follow him on Twitter.

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3. Those Offensive Christmas Villages

Back in the States, we’ll now turn to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, except when it comes to Christmas. Apparently, one of the city’s newest traditions was the Christmas Village near City Hall — that is, until recently. Now it’s the Holiday Village.

It’s that season again, which means that for the third year in a row, the German Christmas Village has set up a cozy collection of wooden booths and tree vendors in Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall.

But a few shoppers noticed something amiss yesterday on the tall metal archways signaling the entrances to the shops. The archways had just one word on top – “Village.” Sounds festive, eh?

It turns out that the letters spelling “Christmas” were removed yesterday afternoon from the archways on the north and west sides of the plaza, at the request of Managing Director Richard Negrin. They will be replaced with the word “Holiday.”

It seems a few government employees (they’re probably union) and a handful of residents complained, so the city requested the change.

Refreshingly, there was some backlash.

But word of the sign change left Negrin this morning with a new headache as new complaints reached the mayor’s office…

“This is not about taking Christmas out of the holiday. It’s about being more inclusive,” Negrin told reporters outside the mayor’s office this afternoon. “I expected some complaints. Sometimes you have to make tough choices.”

He added that the sign’s removal was not a move in the name of political correctness, but rather one of “common sense.”

So that’s what we’re calling it these days? It used to be called “political correctness,” but now kowtowing to a minuscule, yet vocal, minority is referred to as “common sense.” These says, avoiding offense is more important to these spineless bureaucrats than years of tradition and freedom of expression.

By the way, the Managing Director had no problems with the city’s Christmas tree:

The lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree will go on as planned tomorrow at 5 p.m., Negrin said, because the tree is “not a discreet religious symbol. It’s a pagan symbol.”


Up next: Another school gets involved in Christmas matters, and it isn’t pretty.

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