We keep hearing of stories of Grinches everywhere.
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.
The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it’s given such a directive to staff.
On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: “Please Save Our Tree.”
“We’re all angry. We want that tree,” said Fern Scheel, who has lived at the complex for nearly two years. “Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.”
The Willows staff and JB Property supervisor Wethanie Law declined to comment.
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The controversy began when a parent became upset at the school’s offer to take students to the church to watch the play, which is based on the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” cartoon and contains some Christian themes. Although the field trip was optional, the woman planned to allow her daughter to attend the production out of fear she would be singled-out by her classmates. The upset mother also contacted the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers (ASF), the organization that complained to the Little Rock School District on her behalf.
Well there is definitely a testament for unionizing and organizing, and I guess that is what Christians will soon have to do…
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
A threatened lawsuit had put a halt to what’s become a Christmas tradition for members of the Moanalua High School orchestra.
For the past six years, the award-winning group and volunteers from the New Hope Church have raised more than $200,000 for a charity that treats poor people in Africa.
But that all came to a halt on Monday when the Department of Education decided to cancel the concert just four days before the event.
In a letter to the Department of Education, Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church, took issue with the involvement of New Hope Church, which handles ticket sales and sells those tickets at its services.
“The issue here is an entanglement between a public school and a Christian church,” said Kahle.
“And one of the things about the constitution is that it prohibits the involvement of public schools and churches.”
Concert volunteer Chad Brownstein said that this year’s event has sold more than 600 tickets and would have generated about $30,000 in sales and donations.
“(The students) could have done something that they’re good at it and benefit others instead of themselves,” Brownstein said.
“So I’m very disappointed that they won’t be getting that lesson through that concert anymore.”
Concert organizers are still looking at other locations but chances of finding a new place before Christmas that are very slim