Thanksgiving’s over. Time for the war on Christmas to begin anew. Groan. Goodbye, C*****mas tree. Hello, “diversity!”
The latest battlefield? Orange County, CA. Really:
The removal of a Christmas tree from the Orange County Superior courthouse Monday has prompted a petition among court employees to have the tree – connected to a gift drive for poor children – put back.
The six-foot artificial tree, which was adorned with tags seeking toy donations to ‘Operation Santa Claus,’ was removed Monday after a member of the public complained about the tree being in the courthouse, court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau said.
“It’s a public building and we have to serve the diversity of our community,” she said.
The tree had been put up in the courthouse every holiday season for about 20 years, said Orange County Sheriff’s Special Officer Cynthia Guerrero, who runs the courthouse’s ‘Operation Santa Claus’ effort. She was ordered to take down the tree.
Members of the public would come and grab tags – which sought donations for specific children. Last year, the courthouse got 374 presents for the toy drive.
But courthouse employees want the tree back up, and are circulating a petition among courtrooms. As of this afternoon, about 30 people had signed the petition.
The public outcry led the courthouse to retreat late Friday:
Orange County Superior Court officials decided to put a Christmas tree back in the courthouse lobby today after receiving dozens of complaints from court staff.
The tree – which was part of a solicitation of toy donations for needy children and has been a tradition in the courthouse for more than 20 years – was taken down earlier this week after a member of the public complained about it.
Upset court staff started circulating a petition to put the six-foot artificial tree back. The court also received dozens of complaints about the tree’s removal.
Court officials changed their mind and this afternoon, the tree was placed back in the lobby – adorned with tags encouraging donations to Operation Santa Claus.
“After assessing the situation, including case law on similar circumstances, and giving serious weight to the concerns expressed by staff, Judge (Kim) Dunning has concluded these trees are permissible for display in our lobbies,” the court’s chief executive officer, Alan Carlson, said in a statement. Dunning is the court’s presiding judge.
As for all the lefties who will soon start complaining about all the complaining over the Christmas battles:
If you people would stop having conniptions over the sight of festive trees and decorations, there would be no war of which to speak.
The GAP chain launches its own volley with “Happy Whatever-you-Wannakah.” Cue the eye roll: