In Ashland, Oregon, they want to make sure that around CHRISTMAS TIME they show more secular symbols and less religious ones.
According to the new guidelines, displays in public areas should “represent the diversity of the season, and should avoid symbols with patently religious meanings,” including the manger scene, menorahs, angels or the Star of David.
If a tree is displayed, it should be surrounded with “symbols from various religious backgrounds, along with secular symbols,” the guidelines state.
These people are teaching children, mind you.
The Christmas tree did not begin as a religious symbol. It began as a pagan tradition and has come to be associated with the season. Essentially the “Christmas Tree” IS a secular symbol. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Christmas season is complete w/o a tree, but I don’t mistake it for symbolizing Christ.
But, Ashland and Eugene, Oregon (and Portland) are well known for being liberal bastions and neither logic nor facts need apply.
They got owl lovers, tree huggers, duck squeezers, and bunny fluffers. Everything a progressive needs to feed off of.