Well Beyond Ridiculous!

William White wbbanjo at YAHOO.COM
Wed Nov 7 09:38:32 MST 2007

Glad to know you are fervently on the side of freedom.

JD <northgate76 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
  I support this bold move by The Council of Proletariat Deputies of the Great People's Republic of Colorado.  Red is of course a noble color and a traditional symbol of The People's Revolutionary Struggle against the running dog capitalist, but  in combination with green, it becomes a reminder of a season associated with both religious superstition and decadent consumerist excess.  

The same is true for crystalline di-hydrogen monoxide, which has long been associated with the same twin evils.  It is my fervent hope that the Council will soon ban "snow" as well.

ONWARD, Comrades! 

Peace, Bread and Work!

Comrade JD

  On Nov 7, 2007 2:53 AM, John A. Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:

Red, green lights to be banned?
Committee proposal says colored Christmas twinklers too religious

Posted: November 6, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com 

This is part of Fort Collins' art in public places program, and is called 'Source of life.' But the city's new rules call for a ban on red and green lights at Christmas as being too religious 

A special task force in a Colorado city has recommended banning red and green lights at the Christmas holiday because they fall among the items that are too religious for the city to sponsor. 

"Some symbols, even though the Supreme Court has declared that in many contexts they are secular symbols, often still send a message to some members of the community that they and their traditions are not valued and not wanted. We don't want to send that message," Seth Anthony, a spokesman for the committee, told the Fort Collins, Colo., Coloradoan. 

He said the recommended language does not specifically address Christmas trees by name, but the consensus was that they would not fall within acceptable decorations. 

What will be allowed are white lights and "secular" symbols not associated "with any particular holiday" such as icicles, unadorned greenery and snowflakes, the task force said. 

The group was made up of members of the city's business and religious communities as well as representatives from some community groups. Members met for months to review the existing holiday display policy, which allowed white as well as multi-colored lights and wreaths and garlands. 

In previous years, there also was a Christmas tree at the city's Oak Street Plaza. A vote on the proposal will be coming up before the city council on Nov. 20, officials said. "As far as I'm concerned, the group ended up in a very fair place in which primarily secular symbols will be used on city property," task force member Saul Hopper told the newspaper. 

The existing holiday display rules were adopted in 2006 after a rabbi requested that the city display a menorah. The only apparent exception to the completely secular rule would be at the Fort Collins Museum, where a "multicultural display" of symbols and objects would be collected to represent Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas among others. 

"I expect criticism from people who feel like we are taking Christmas away. And I expect we will get criticism from people who think educational display endorses religions," Anthony said. "(But) to the extent we can, recognizing that offending no one will be impossible, we want to be inclusive." 

City officials touted their own efforts. "I am really delighted to see us taking this step," Mayor Doug Hutchinson said when the task force was being assembled. "I think Fort Collins is a great city, and I think great cities are inclusionary." 

In a forum for the Coloradoan, outrage was pretty evident. 

"Let's spend our CHRISTMAS money somewhere that believes in CHRISTMAS!" wrote barbie333. "Where does the 'PC-ization' stop? Maybe if the town leaders realize that we do not live in Boulder (or California)!?" 

Added "Stick," "No Virginia, there is no Santa Claus, he is dead from lack of political correctness and the elves have all been sent to China to make toys." 

"Seth Anthony says, 'Some symbols, even though the Supreme Court has declared that in many contexts they are secular symbols, often still send a message to some members of the community that they and their traditions are not valued and not wanted. We don't want to send that message.' Guess what, Seth? That's EXACTLY the message you sent me!" added "notpc." 

"If the city council decided to not acknowledge Christmas on public grounds this year then all city offices should be open for business on Dec. 25th, white lights shining! Don't want to offend anyone by stopping city business for a day to celebrate a holiday not everyone believes in," added Amidon. 

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