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What to Do About The Christmas Display-is Commercial Christmas the same as Christian symbol?

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In the town of Metuchen, New Jersey, a minor controversy has arisen over the display of celebratory objects during the December holiday period. For at least sixty years, the town has celebrated Christmas by outlining the town hall with colored Christmas lights, decorating evergreen trees on the grounds with lights, and putting up a mailbox for letters to Santa Claus.

This changed when a Jewish lady draped a flag of a menorah. The town said the lights were not religious but the flag is.

Is lights, trees and santa the same as a religious symbol? What should be allowed and how would you make the entire town happy?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:34 PM on Feb. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • decorating evergreen trees is not christian FYI

    I see decorating trees , lights, santa mailbox as being all pretty generic these days and not indicative of any one religion

    the lady draping a clearly jewish decoration IS however blatently for ONE religion
    sati769leigh

    Answer by sati769leigh at 2:37 PM on Feb. 10, 2010

  • How to make the entire town happy? How about people in the town try acting like Americans? You know all that talk about respecting diversity ... does that ONLY apply to skin color? I thought it had to do with ethnicity, too.

    Why cannot the lady display a Jewish menorah? She didn't put up a big poster beside it saying "YOU MUST WORSHIP MY GOD, AND ALL OTHER BELIEFS ARE POPPYCOCK", did she?
    Why cannot secular commercialists display a Santa Claus mailbox for requesting presents and wintry decorations like evergreens?
    Why cannot a Nativity scene be put forward? Unless there is a poster somewhere saying "THIS IS THE BIRTH OF LORD CHRIST WHOM EVERYONE MUST WORSHIP, AND ANY WHO DISAGREES WILL GO TO HELL", then it is not proselytizing !
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;"

    THAT'S the actual wording.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:01 PM on Feb. 10, 2010

  • "Is lights, trees and santa the same as a religious symbol?"

    No, I think these are secular decorations for the holiday season. It would have been different if there was a nativity and yet they forbid the menorah. JMHO : )
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 4:47 PM on Feb. 10, 2010

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