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Mercenary Pilot
12th Dec 2006, 11:50
Seattle's Airport Removes Christmas Trees to Avoid Lawsuit from Rabbi

The Associated Press

All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a rabbi had requested.

Maintenance workers boxed up the trees during the graveyard shift early Saturday, when airport bosses believed few people would notice.
"We decided to take the trees down because we didn't want to be exclusive," said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. "We're trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year."

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, who made his request weeks ago, said he was appalled by the decision. 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.

"Everyone should have their spirit of the holiday. For many people the trees are the spirit of the holidays, and adding a menorah adds light to the season," said Bogomilsky, who works in Seattle at the regional headquarters for Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish education foundation.

After consulting with lawyers, 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.

Hanukkah begins this Friday at sundown.
"They've darkened the hall instead of turning the lights up," said Bogomilsky's lawyer, Harvey Grad. "There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch."


Happy CHRISTMAS everybody!!!!!!


12th Dec 2006, 11:53
"There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch." No, just Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky and his scum sucking lawyer, Harvey Grad........ :hmm:

12th Dec 2006, 12:56
What's the point in Christmas anyway? It just means you get a huge credit card bill, eat way too much food that the wrong sort anyway and have to visit, or worse still host all the relatives that you manage to spend the rest of the year successfully avoiding :*

12th Dec 2006, 17:22
The trees are going back up....


Just saw another thread on the same subject.

Sorry for the repeat

Sorry for the repeat

13th Dec 2006, 01:58
BS hopes everyone has a great time with their families as 2006 draws to a close.


Happy Hanukah

Merry Christmas

to all our Jewish and Christian PPRuNers...