Monday, December 11, 2006

What's up with people? Part Deux

To continue my rant from last week....

The Seattle Airport has removed it's Christmas Trees from the airport because it's no longer PC to put up such a thing.

Apparently a Rabbi contacted the airport and told them that they should also put up a Menorah, in fact: "He had hired a lawyer and threatened to sue if the Port of Seattle didn’t add the menorah next to the trees, which had been festooned with red ribbons and bows."

So what did the airport do? Did they cave to this threat of a lawsuit by the good Rabbi? No, instead they said "Ok, then no Christmas at all." After they consulted with lawyers the "port staff believed that adding the menorah would have required adding symbols for other religions and cultures in the Northwest. The holidays are the busiest season at the airport, Betancourt said, and staff didn’t have time to play cultural anthropologists."

Well of course the Rabbi is pissed off now because the airport didn't cave to his demands of including a Menorah. The Airport did what it felt was correct - instead of trying to please everyone, they're pleasing no one.

Well remember Rabbi - be careful what you wish may just get it.

The best line of the article was the last line: “There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch.” -- Well if people weren't thinking that before, they are now, probably only because you said it first!

Here's the article if you'd care to indulge.


Kat said...

omg. The holiday season has gone to hell. I'm working parttime in retail and I'm ready for it to be over. You should see our dressing rooms some nights. People can be such PIGS. And that's nothing compared to how bitchy they get if something is marked 14.99 but accidently rings up 19.99. Jeez.

Kat said...

Ok, I just realized that sounded extra grinchy. I have my tree up, although it's too busy this year to get all my stuff out. And I'm doing as much holiday stuff with my girls as a can. I didn't mean to sound totally down on the season, just the commercialized part. Like Charlie Brown! ;)

CanadianSwiss said...

This is just too crazy, but I think the airport staff did the only correct thing.

xmichra said...

I agree with CS, what the heck are you suppose to do now? Every where you turn people are getting all PC on one another. Like last year, we were TOLD not to wish people a merry christmas. We were TOLD that we HAD to say happy holidays or nothing. I'm sorry, but that was just mental.

Anonymous said...

This year we'll have our first Christmas tree ever. That might compensate for the loss.