Thursday, December 06, 2012

What's The Problem?

Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol. On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

Here's a photo of them and their tree:

A religious symbol? What sort of religious icon can be found
anywhere in this tree?
There are no crosses, no stars of David, no babies in mangers, no statuettes of Jesus on or off the cross, no statuettes of Mary, no photos of any religious place or individual.  Nothing. Zip.

To be realistic, it's just a tree with some decorations on it - lights, tinsel, bulbs, garlands, done up to increase the spirit of another officially approved government holiday.

Now - of course - to many, in their minds, its does represent  the religious aspect of Christmas.  To many others, it's just a decorated tree, often in the way, and sometimes a fire hazard.

For anyone to demand that it be removed because they claim it is an offensive religious symbol to them, well... let them point out anything on that tree that shows it to be such a symbol. It's just a tree with some decorations on it. If they could actually prove it to be a fire hazard, maybe then forcing those folks to take it down could carry some weight.

It takes a world class jerk to claim that a de facto holiday decoration - regardless of what it's called -  is unacceptable, then Grinch out and make such a fuss.

Santa is actually St. Nicholas. Maybe they should ban him also, even if his name tag doesn't identify him as such anymore.

Good grief, how much longer must we all put up with these endlessly disagreeable malcontents that don't like something or other? That tree is not hurting them in any way, shape or form. Just tell them to shut the hell up and go away. They can go get their jollies some other way.

Those folks in the photo have a Christmas tradition - religious or otherwise - that they have enjoyed all their lives, no doubt along with many memories of family, friends and good times. That tradition included a decorated tree.

It takes some real messed-up socially-deficient rejects to deny them that, particularly in their twilight years. Keep in mind these folks have been stuffed into an old folks home, most likely ignored or forgotten, and that tree is vital connection to remembering and enjoying days long gone.

Where's the harm?

What's the problem?

The problem is the few jerks in the home office who can't seem to connect the dots. These folks pay to live there.  These folks are where those home office idiots get their salary from.  Those home office Grinchs  should be supporting them, not spitting in their faces.


Galt-in-Da-Box said...

Since "Christmas" Trees predate Christianity by thousands of years, I'm hard-pressed to imagine just how it's a "religious" symbol...
Unless they are talking about pagan religion...
Which I doubt they know anything about.

texlahoma said...

Unless it's a state or federal or some kind of government facility, they should say "Too bad." to anyone that doesn't like it.