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November 10, 2007

Federal government Tells 85-year-old Grandmother She Cannot Put An Angel (or anything Christian) On Christmas Tree

Topics: Faith

No angels on Grandma's Christmas tree ?


As a matter of fact, according to HUD [and the management of The Plant City Living Center in Plant city, Florida (813) 659-2669], she can't even call it a Christmas tree - it has to be called a "Holiday tree."

In an October 29 memo on "holiday hints" HUD Regulatory Director, Sonja Horn, writes:

Any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas should not be used. For example, the following items should not be on display: nativity scene (or any of the people represented in the nativity scene alone or together), the Star of David, angels, etc. This means no angel on your Christmas tree either. If you are in doubt of whether or not you should put something out, please call me.

Help me out on understanding this. Muslims can have foot baths in airports and universities, paid for by taxpayers (how about Holy Water founts for Catholic passengers praying for safety prior to boarding flights?), but 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 Both of these were rescinded after AFA supporters sent emails to proper authorities.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.

In other words, the war on Christians and Christmas continues .....

Hat tips:
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Posted by Abdul at November 10, 2007 9:42 AM

Try doing just a little homework. There is no "HUD directive" law or rule disallowing an 85-year-old grandmother from placing an angel atop her Christmas tree. Shame on the American Family Assn. for propagating this nonsense and YOU for perpetuating it.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 13, 2007 11:27 PM

Gee, "Anonymous," you might consider doing a little homework yourself. The matter of a HUD directive came from Plant City Living Center, itself, and it was their attorney that responded to HUD asking them to rescind their directive (all this is according to the Center, not Hyscience, not AFA, not WorldNetDaily).

Posted by: Abdul at November 14, 2007 7:21 AM

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