>Let me make it clear from the onset, I don’t celebrate Christmas or erect evergreen trees during the ‘holiday season.’ I do not believe Christ-mass is a legitimate part of Christianity. I only comment on this lone rabbi threatening officials at a major US airport with legal action if his ridiculous demands are not met during the busiest travel season of the year because it reveals so well how upside-down the United States has become. We’ve got minorities telling the rest of us how it is going to be.
From an article posted on http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_120906WABxmastreesEL.11b0d0cc.html#
“SEA-TAC Airport – All 15 Christmas trees inside the terminal at Sea-Tac have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi.
A local rabbi wanted to install an 8-foot menorah and have a public lighting ceremony. He threatened to sue if the menorah wasn’t put up, and gave a two-day deadline to remove the trees.
Sea-Tac public affairs manager Terri-Ann Betancourt said the trees that adorn the Sea-Tac upper and lower levels may not properly represent all cultures.
She said that since this is their busiest time of year and they don’t have time to add a fair representation of all cultures, her department decided to take down all of the decorations, review their policies, and decide if they need to make a change for next year.”
The United States of America was founded as a ‘Christian’ nation as opposed to a Jewish nation or a Hindu nation or a Buddhist nation. Adherents to the Jewish faith make up roughly 2% of the US population, Muslims roughly 2%, atheists less than 1% and Buddhists less than .05%. Given those proportions, why should the officials of Sea Tac feel the need to ‘give fair representation to all cultures,” ie. faiths, when it comes to celebrating a relgious holiday? Christians make up about 2% of the population of the Jewish state of Israel and yet we don’t see the Christians in Israel demanding Jewish officials erect a Christmas tree at Tel-Aviv aiport or the Jewish officials caving in to them either.
Why is it that less than 2% of the population thinks that they have the right to change the cultural religious practices of a majority of the population? Where did they get this right? Is it because this lone rabbi thinks he is superior to the other roughly 85% of the population and that he, as a minority, should not only have the right to display his manorah, but to threaten the rest of the population with legal action if his demands are not met? Let’s get real here. Where does this rabbi get this arrogant demanding attitude? Since when does 2% of the population make demands and issue threats to the majority if his demands aren’t met?
And what right does this lone rabbi, a member of 2% of the population, get the idea that he has the right to demand display of his Jewish symbol in a predominately Christian nation during their Christian celebrations?
It isn’t enough that Americans are paying for a war and losing lives to protect the Jewish state of Israel from the countless enemies they have made in the Middle East, but now some lone Jewish rabbi is telling the rest of us we can’t celebrate our holidays in the traditional manner, just like Sea-Tac had done for the last ten years? Perhaps it is actions such as this rabbi’s that has made Jewish people so many enemies in so many nations.
May I suggest to that lone rabbi that if he doesn’t like our traditional Christian religious celebrations here in the States, that he catch the next plane out of Sea-Tac non-stop to Jerusalem and take his eight foot manorah with him? We’ll even give you a two-day deadline.