Saturday, December 09, 2006

Seattle-Tacoma Airport bans Christmas trees

Christmas: Due to several politically correct liberal complaints.

Holiday Trees Removed From Sea-Tac All Holiday trees at Sea-Tac Airport were removed this morning after several community member complaints. They say the trees don't represent all cultures and religions...The trees will not go up again...the airport policy on decorations will be reviewed after the holidays.
I mean they even named it Holiday trees and it wasn't enough. UPDATE: This story has the details and the radio station got it wrong, it seems one rabbi threaten a lawsuit and the officials overreacted. Even that story is in dispute.
Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky of Chabad Lubavitch organization in the University District threatened a lawsuit after his request for a menorah display at the airport didn't move forward as quickly as he anticipated. Bogomilsky said his organization wants to diversify the airport's display, but removing the trees was not its intention. Chabad Lubavitch provided menorahs for public display in more than 20 locations statewide, including at the Seattle Center. The organization's request is usually met with enthusiasm, Bogomilsky said. "This whole thing is just beyond me -- I'm so appalled and disappointed," he said. "By no means did we want to remove these (trees)." A representative from Chabad Lubavitch started talking with airport officials in October, and a lawyer informed them of a possible lawsuit at least a week ago, Bogomilsky said. But airport officials said the threat of litigation was much more sudden. "It was either, 'put up the menorah,' or they would go to federal court and sue us 18 hours later," Port of Seattle Commission President Pat Davis said. "They wouldn't wait." No matter what happens, Chabad Lubavitch has no intention of filing a lawsuit anymore, Bogomilsky said. Commissioner Bob Edwards said he hopes that after Tuesday's meeting, the trees will go back up along with decorations that represent other holiday celebrations. "It's an international gateway -- why not celebrate other cultures?" he asked. If the trees do stay down, maybe airport officials will consider a different kind of decoration, Edwards joked. "Imagine if we had a blow-up of the Grinch to greet travelers," he said.

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