Even Ebenezer Scrooge had an awakening.
This Week’s Top Scrooge – November 10, 2007
Although it took the visits of three ghosts for Scrooge to change from his miserly and anti-Christmas ways, it apparently only took the miracle of the internet to change the minds of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Earlier this week, HUD was at the center of a controversy surrounding a directive it issued banning “any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas.” Under the guidelines issued by HUD, an elderly Florida grandmother living in a mostly seniors apartment complex was directed not to place a small Christmas tree outside her door if it contains any religious symbols or religious words…and as the American Family Association alerted…”even an angel!”
Well, lo and behold, the AFA responded with a petition drive to overturn the decision. The family advocacy group set up a link to allow constituents to send e-mails to the HUD secretary or President Bush expressing their objections to the policy. And as WorldNetDaily reports, within a day, the response was forthcoming.
This from WorldNetDaily:
“I am pleased to report that the Plant City Living Center’s recent newsletter regarding holiday decoration policies has been rescinded,” said a statement issued by a spokesman concerning the issue at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development facility.
“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guarantees the rights of citizens to display religious symbols in public. We support that guarantee,” the statement added.
“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate to you … that Plant City Living Center respects the religious beliefs of all of its residents. In furtherance of that policy, Plant City Living Center allows residents to decorate their apartments and the exterior areas of their apartments in any manner they choose,” the statement said.
The point is that this story about HUD, Plant City Living Center, and 85-year-old Mrs. Arnold shows how far the separation of church and state paranoia has come. Its come to the point where even an innocent angel decoration could be looked at as offensive. Never in a million years did I think I would live to see the day when the U.S. government was was trying to hide religious expression to such an absurd degree.
I’ve only read and heard about this sort of thing in oppresive regimes in other parts of the world.
The “War on Christmas”, is it real or just a catchy slogan? One thing is very real, and that is the spiritual battle all of us face everyday, individually and as a country. If it takes emails to fight the battle, so be it.
Apparently, it wasn’t ghosts that visited HUD and awakened This Week’s Top Scrooge, but a deluge of e-mails…or could it have been something else?
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