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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Feds Ban Christmas Displays In Apartments Buildings

I saw this one coming a long time back; it's a logical result of the expansion of government and the "Separation of Church and State. " The next thing to watch for is the banning of private religious displays by students at public universities or perhaps all "recipient institutions" (i.e., everywhere but Hillsdale and Grove City.

Read the article below. It's chilling.
The Plant City Living Center has told Mrs. Arnold, an 85-year-old grandmother in Florida, that federal law prohibits her from displaying any religious words or items associated with Christmas in the common area of her apartment building.

According to the Center, The Department of Housing nd Urban Development (HUD) issued a directive banning "any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas." Under the guidelines issued by HUD, the elderly grandmother cannot place a small Christmas tree outside her door (because that area is a "commons area") if it contains any religious symbols or religious words, even an angel!

If the residents want to have a Christmas party in their Community room, they cannot call it a Christmas party. The Center says HUD directs residents not to use the word "Christmas" but to use the word "Holiday."

A Sunday School class from a church near Mrs. Arnold's apartment comes every year to host a Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Party for all the residents. She said the highlight of their Christmas Party comes at the very end of The Hanging of the Greens when someone places the angel on top of their Christmas tree. Their tradition is now banned by the federal government.

The federal government is becoming increasingly active in banning Christianity from the public square. Earlier, the National Park Service removed the wording "Laus Deo" (Latin for "Praise be to God") from a replica of the cap of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. and the Veterans Administration banned the script of the flag-folding ceremony mentioning "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," and "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" at over 100 national cemeteries. Both of these were rescinded after AFA supporters sent emails to proper authorities.

To listen to the grandmother's conversation telling AFA about the situation, click here. To read about the HUD directive, click here.

(after listening to the audio file, click the "X" in the upper right hand corner of your browser window to return to the e-mail message)

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* Send an e-mail to the Secretary of HUD and President Bush asking that HUD stop their policy. The role of the federal government is to defend our religious rights, not take them away. Click here to send your e-mail.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sonja Horn, the author of the "HUD directive" is not a HUD employee. If you call the phone number listed on the memo, it is not a HUD office. How do you explain this?

November 15, 2007 7:18 PM  
Blogger Daniel Christianson said...

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the twisted bureaucratic layers of our government. And unless *you are,* I think I'll take the word the apartment center and its lawyer over any conspiracy theory.

Thanks,
Daniel




Also, I've received the following:

"UPDATE!

"AFA has been in contact with HUD officials and Steve Edelstein, attorney for Plant City Living Center. The policy banning religious symbols is being rescinded and a new policy allowing religious symbols is in effect immediately. Mr. Edelstein is preparing a statement which will be posted here as soon as we receive it."

November 15, 2007 9:40 PM  

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