I know I’m a few days late on this story, but it’s too asinine to pass up. Last week, Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky asked the Port of Seattle to add an electric menorah to Sea-Tac Airport’s holiday displays, which includes 14 Christmas trees. After being “stonewalled,” Bogomilsky threatened litigation against the Port for ignoring his request for equal representation. Instead of using common sense and plugging in a $20 menorah next to the trees, the Port took drastic action and removed all 14 Christmas trees -- pissing everyone else off.
On December 11, the Port distributed a news release announcing that it employs a bunch of spineless, politically-correct idiots and would be re-displaying the trees at Sea-Tac.
"This has been an unfortunate situation for all of us in Seattle," said Port of Seattle Commission President Pat Davis. "The rabbi never asked us to remove the trees; it was the Port's decision based on what we knew at the time. We very much appreciate the rabbi's willingness to work with us as we move forward…There's been such an outcry from the public -- from people of all faiths -- who believe that the trees should be reinstalled."
The release said, “A key element in moving forward will be to work with the rabbi and other members of the community to develop a plan for next year's holiday decorations at the airport.” Yeah, or just use some common sense.
We’re still lucky enough this society isn’t so politically-correct that we’re still able to have holiday decorations in public places, so, Port, cover your ass and display a variety of decorations that reflect the major religions Americans subscribe to. There will always be those people who won’t be satisfied with the most honest attempts to appease the library of religions this time of year, but the easiest thing to do is satisfy simple requests. Invoke the holiday spirit by giving instead of taking away.
"I think the whole thing is ridiculous and really out of proportion," Bogomilsky told the P-I shortly before the port made its announcement to reinstall the trees. "People should turn to the Port of Seattle and say, 'Wait a minute, what are you doing? Return the trees and give people the spirit of the holiday back.' Right now, nobody's happy." Merry Christmas.