Editorial - 12/13/10

For the vast majority of our citizens, whose Judeo-Christian beliefs align with America's spiritual founding and traditions, ‘tis the season to be joyful, thankful,


invisible, the latter to satisfy the chronically-angry who, on cue, suffer mental-torment from any evidence of Christmas and Hanukkah on public property, or the sight, sound, symbol or proximity of anything else meaningful to the religious faithful.  They are the self-deputized, tissue-thin-skinned "spoilers," seemingly-convinced that merely viewing a cross, Christmas tree or Menorah morphs good seculars into evil faithful.

Take, for example, the audacity of a nativity scene placed annually in the township-building of a small Pennsylvania community.  One complainer,  repeat, one claimed the display was "disrespectful" to non-Christians.  So it was moved to a private site, after 57-objection-free-years.  Once again, tail-hair wags dog.  Said to be a "church and state" issue.  That's yule-tide bravo sierra.  Justifiable fear of nuisance-lawsuit is the reason.  Same with a Chase Bank branch in Texas, told to remove a donated Christmas tree, since it wasn't company-provided and might, repeat, might offend someone, even though surveys say 91% of Americans celebrate Christmas.  In the spirit of the season, some of their customers just might choose to redistribute their accounts elsewhere.  But it seems, at last, the pent-up tide of tradition may be turning, as the non-existent "holiday tree" transitions back to its centuries-old status.  And, in Philadelphia, the city's "Holiday Village," re-titled by Grinch fears, was forced back to its original Christmas title, thanks to public pressure.  So then, with seasonal designations seemingly on the mend, for all true believers, best wishes for a very traditional, meaningful, Hanukkah and Christmas.