>How was Sea-Tac’s decision to remove the Christmas trees from the airport terminal after being threatened with legal action by a lone rabbi “wrong and painful….to the Jewish community?” Damaging to the Jewish community perhaps, because it showed how demanding and unreasonable some of their members are, but any wrongness and pain involved was towards those who celebrate Christmas, and not the ‘Jewish community.’ http://tinyurl.com/y4laaa
The anti-defamation league issued a press release which among other things said this:
“The Anti-Defamation League believes the decision by the Port of Seattle to remove Christmas trees from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was misguided. The decision should be reversed, and the trees should be restored. The Port of Seattle should also show respect for the Jewish community by allowing Chabad to display their menorah.”
The decision by Sea-tac officials was misguided? Who should they have sought guidance from – the ADL? The officials did what they felt they had to do under the current ADL guided thought control of ‘tolerance’ and ‘political correctness.’
“The Port Authority should also show respect for the Jewish Community by allowing Chabad to display their menorah,” states ADL. Americans are celebrating Christmas, not Hannakuh. And if we’re going to be expected to show respect for the Jewish community, which represents approximately 2% of the American community, by showing a menorah, perhaps Sea-Tac should allow Chabad display a menorah in direct porportion to the Jewish proportion of the American population as a whole – 2%. The size of a Christmas trees, from the pictures shown of the trees removed, looked to be about eight feet or 96″ tall. That would allow a menorah 1.9 inches tall.
“The Port of Seattle’s decision and the adverse and incorrect publicity that followed has led to a surge of anti-Semitism, including hundreds of hate mail messages directed against the rabbi who sought permission for the menorah display.”
Anti-Semitism? Enough already with playing the victim. Complaining about one lone rabbi causing at least 80% of the population to bow to the demands of a lone representative of 2% of the population is not anti-Semitism. It is expressing that many of the rest of us have had enough of this male cow dung and are not going to cave into the demands of such a small minority among us any more, no matter how how many times we are labeled anti-Semitic.