Friday, November 09, 2007

Federal government prohibits angel and Christmas tree

I'm just curious whether the HUD directive prohibits 'Las Posadas' in HUD buildings.

From an AFA alert:

Federal government tells 85-year-old grandmother not to put an angel on Christmas tree

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 and 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 Both of these were rescinded after AFA supporters sent emails to proper authorities.


Blogger Junebug said...

My father is buried at Fort Worth National Cemetery. They did the flag-folding ceremony at the funeral. I thought is was very moving.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I remember when the saturday night drive-in movie theater had a commercial (with singing) that reminded all the attendees to "Go to church on Sunday morning"

10:58 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Pamela, those were the good old days.

Junebug, those are about to be the good old days.

1:59 PM  

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