MUST have a tree larger than THEIR menorah.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Robert Paul Reyes
"LONG BEACH, N.Y. - Residents don't want to have themselves a merry little Christmas tree.They want a big one. When city officials planted a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree next to a 20-foot-tall menorah in the plaza in front of City Hall, some residents barked. They telephoned City Hall, wrote letters and testified at a public hearing that the tiny tree in the shadow of the huge Hanukkah symbol was an insult to the Christian community."
This is the time of the year when Christian symbols are as ubiquitous as the homeless in downtown San Francisco. You can't walk into any public building or commercial establishment without bumping into a Christmas tree, nativity scene or Santa Claus. This is a testament that Christianity is the predominant religion in this country; I would think that Christians would be smug and content during the Holiday Season.
But some followers of Jesus Christ in Long Beach got their panties into a twist because the Menorah in front of City Hall dwarfed the Christmas tree. It's interesting to note that pagans considered trees to be phallic symbols.
The City Manager couldn't find a tree bigger than his little Charlie Brown replica; but the residents of Long Beach finally located a 20-foot tree in Canada. The new tree has been placed in front of City Hall and the Christians of Long Beach can finally enjoy their Christmas.
To hell with peace and good will and all that nonsense, what's Christmas without a colossal Christmas tree in front of City Hall?
Another article covering the same news item:
Thu Dec 6
LONG BEACH, N.Y. - Residents didn't want to have themselves a merry little Christmas tree. They wanted a big one.
When city officials planted a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree next to a 20-foot-tall menorah in the plaza in front of City Hall, some residents barked. They telephoned City Hall, wrote letters and testified at a public hearing that the tiny tree in the shadow of the huge Hanukkah symbol was an insult to Christians.
"What's up with the giant menorah and the Charlie Brown Christmas tree?" resident Rick Hoffman asked.
City Manager Edwin Eaton said he had looked far and wide — all the way to Canada — for a bigger tree but couldn't find one.
"This year is going to be kind of a 'bah, humbug,' Christmas," Eaton had said.
But on Wednesday the city of about 35,000 residents 25 miles southeast of midtown Manhattan found a tree to match the 20-foot menorah: a 20-foot blue spruce.
The old tree, a Bacheri spruce, was pruned of its lights, dug up, and taken to a mall.
A lighting ceremony for the new tree is scheduled for Friday.
"If this is OH SO BAD and intolerable, imagine what Jews have felt like since, oh, I don't know, forever? I guess according to this logic, it's an insult to Jews to see a bigger Christmas tree next to a smaller menorah. But for some reason I haven't seen any news stories about that..."