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Christmas Tree Banned … deemed a “religious symbol”

December 6, 2012

No folks, I didn’t make that up! Anyway here’s the story …

Daily News

Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it’s a religious symbol.

On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it’s given such a directive to staff.

On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: “Please Save Our Tree.”

“We’re all angry. We want that tree,” said Fern Scheel, who has lived at the complex for nearly two years. “Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.”

The Willows staff and JB Property supervisor Wethanie Law declined to comment.

JB Partners Group owns apartments in California, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Resident Edna Johnson said Law had told her the tree had to be taken down because it’s a religious symbol.

“We could put out Easter baskets, have turkey for Thanksgiving but no tree for Christmas because it has Christ’s name in the beginning of Christmas,” Johnson said.

Frances Schaeffer, who is Jewish, said she doesn’t understand the property management company’s stance.

“This tree is a symbol of reverence that we can all enjoy regardless of our religious beliefs,” she said.


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  1. December 6, 2012 2:13 pm

    First of all, don’t the hard-working business people who built that nursing home have a right to run their business as they see fit?

    Who has a right to dictate to management whether or not they have a Christmas Tree?

    That should be the constitutional right of management to decide – – – whether or not to allow Christmas Trees” on the premises.

    My opinion is that if the angry residents of that facility have a problem with management policies, they too have a freedom – – – the freedom to move to another facility where they might be happier.

    • December 6, 2012 3:40 pm

      Once again, John, it is selective banning once again against Christians. Are you telling me that you are okay with them saying that a Christmas tree can be banned because it has “Christ” in the name? How about if they want to sing Christmas carols in that resident complex? Guess they can’t do it because someone might be offended by the name of Christ our Savior! You remember him, John? He is the one that left the splendor of heaven to come down to save a rebellious, God-hating people? He is the One who wants us to rule with him in heaven. Guess it is too much for us to stand up and fight for our freedom to honor Christ at Christmas!! But if there were a Muslim prayer rug in that same resident complex, you wanna bet no one would dare do or say anything about that??????? Get with it, John!

    • December 6, 2012 5:05 pm

      The business owner has a constitutional right to forbid the display of Christmas Trees on their premises if they choose to do so and yes, they also have the right to forbid the singing of Christmas Carols in their facility if they want to go that route too.

      The Constitution guarantees a business owner the right to run his or her business in any way that they feel is appropriate.

      Freedomo of Expression and Freedom of Speech are not absolute under the Constitution.

      Check it out:

    • December 6, 2012 8:17 pm

      I checked out that list, John. I don’t know what you think it says but you should check it out also. If the ACLU weren’t so liberal and anti-christian, they would be the first one to file a discrimination charge.

  2. December 6, 2012 2:23 pm

    My opinion is that Atheist’s might be happier in China or North Korea and Muslims might be happier in a Muslim country. America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and those that are offended by that can F%$K OFF!

    • December 6, 2012 5:13 pm

      Hey Bob! I don’t know what happened the other day. The cell phone service at my home is really crappy. The call just cut off in the middle of us talking. I’ll try to call again this weekend if I get the chance. Have you heard from Paulie? She called me at work a while back and we’ve talked a few times since but lately I haven’t been able to get through to her. Anyway thanks for commenting.

    • December 9, 2012 10:49 pm


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