Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7457 posts, RR: 49 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2294 times:
SEATAC, Wash. — The Christmas trees are going back up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Port of Seattle officials had ordered the trees taken down over the weekend after a local rabbi threatened a lawsuit if a menorah wasn't also displayed at the airport.
Airport officials say they took that action out of concern that if they allowed the addition of a menorah, they would also have to display symbols of other religions and cultures, which was not something airport workers had time for during the busiest travel season of the year.
Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky says he never asked that the trees be taken down, and the threat of a lawsuit was withdrawn.
With the threat of the lawsuit gone, airport spokesman Bob Parker says all 14 trees will go back up -- hopefully by tomorrow morning.
The Port of Seattle, who runs SEA-TAC, said they'll work with the jewish community leaders to develop an appropriate display for next year. So alls well that ends well. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,235957,00.html
I heard about this on the radio this morning. I'm glad to see things worked out, but man....what a case of pussified reactions if I ever saw one. The rabbi seemed to be fine with it, but another lawyer somewhere probably got a hard-on looking for a chance to sue someone.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
Should have never taken them down in the first place.
Tell Rabbi Schmedlap they'll do better next time - develop a plan - implement it - and then do better next time.
What I find humorous in all this is that SEA management said the workers didn't have time to put up additional decorations, but they damn sure had time to take down what was there - and then to put it up again
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
Quoting Jetjack74 (Thread starter): Airport officials say they took that action out of concern that if they allowed the addition of a menorah, they would also have to display symbols of other religions and cultures
looks like a classic over-reaction of some s ! And what if representatives for Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Zoroastrians wanted to have one symbol each ? really such a business ? hardly.
But if I were a psychiatrist in the Seattle area I would try to contact those managers in order to broaden my customer-base
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3521 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2): Should have never taken them down in the first place.
Agreed, but only because doing so centered the collective attentions of the "war on christmas" dipshits on this corner of the country. Hopefully the management at the Port will be a bit more tactful next year.