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A community in Florida is debating the appropriateness of a sign hosted by a local Christian church. The message sign read “Christmas — easier to spell than Hanukkah”. A local NBC news station saw the sign and ran a story about how offensive it is.

“It was not really offensive, just poor taste,” said Alon Levkovitz, a rabbi at Temple Beth AM. “I really think it’s the wrong message to send to their members. I am not offended by it as a Jew.”

“If the church tries to celebrate one of the most important holidays by putting down another faith, it’s definitely not the spirit of Hanukkah nor Christmas,” he added.

Michael Butzberger, the pastor at Lighthouse Church, was surprised by the reaction.

“We live in such a politically correct climate, hyper-politically correct, that people are literally searching for excuses to be offended and to be outraged,” said Butzberger.

Reaction from the local community is mixed.

It is interesting to see this story surface in light of the billboard raised on Times Square by American Atheists today.

Christians and Jews can offend each other in Florida but when atheists do it in Times Square nobody seems to mind and NBC isn’t there to cover the story.



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Santa Postman Pat

Stories are covered or not depending on competing news that day... Why do religious nuts always act put upon, while they shove their rules on others ??

 

 

 

For instance, I was FORCED to be right handed, by a "nice NUTTY nun" !

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KKringle

The media can really stir the pot sometimes.  I mean is it in good taste? I wouldn't have personally put that up myself around my parish. I also always remind myself that my saviour and Lord was a Jewish man. I think that we need to leave it alone.

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Santa Johnathan

Obviously there would be someone offended with this...again, this is another post that has nothing to do with being a better Santa minus us learning to be a little more sensitive or tolerant perhaps. IF I were Jewish...this would bug me. So many other words to choose and doesn't feel very Christmas-y either.

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KKringle

There are a lot of words I dislike. Some down right turn my stomach.  Working with children I hear a lot. The sad part is that they are hearing them at home. That saddens me the most.  As Santa Claus, I think that not only do we have to be ambassadors to children, but to families and fostering tolerance and Peace. Whether we like it or not, our examples and what we put forth matters.

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SCSanta

I guess when you run out of good things to say about your mission, you start putting down someone else's mission. Looks like they ran out of positive things to say about Christmas at this church.

 

As for the accuracy of the editorialized last sentence of the story (which is what really offends me) NBC did report on the billboards in Time Square this year and for the last 2 years (as well as Corpus Christi and Florida) So did CNN, ABC, Huffington Post, etc. etc.

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Michael Rielly

Obviously there would be someone offended with this...again, this is another post that has nothing to do with being a better Santa minus us learning to be a little more sensitive or tolerant perhaps. IF I were Jewish...this would bug me. So many other words to choose and doesn't feel very Christmas-y either.

 

And again, this site is not and never will be, limited to discussions solely on how to be a better Santa Claus. Notice this post and the others you are complaining about come under the category of Christmas in the News, not Marketing and Promotions or Santa's Whiskers. When you sit down at the dinner table or at a restaurant, do you limit your discussions only to the silverware or what is on the plate in front of you? When you invite people to your home for a party, do you tell everyone at the door that they are only allowed to discuss these three topics? Building and managing an online community is no different. There are multiple discussions with multiple individuals who all share common interests. These are just topics for discussion. You can choose to comment on a discussion or ignore it -- just like at a dinner party. No one is forcing you to engage in a specific discussion. There are 37 individual discussion forums on this site -- not counting sub-forums. You have the option of turning off what is shown on the front page and when you click on View New Content. You can also ignore all posts from specific members -- like Elf Hermey -- who by the way is NOT a real person. Elf Hermey is just an automated process that posts Internet content from MULTIPLE sources based on specific tags like Christmas and Santa Claus.

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Santa Johnathan

And again, this site is not and never will be, limited to discussions solely on how to be a better Santa Claus. Notice this post and the others you are complaining about come under the category of Christmas in the News, not Marketing and Promotions or Santa's Whiskers. When you sit down at the dinner table or at a restaurant, do you limit your discussions only to the silverware or what is on the plate in front of you? When you invite people to your home for a party, do you tell everyone at the door that they are only allowed to discuss these three topics? Building and managing an online community is no different. There are multiple discussions with multiple individuals who all share common interests. These are just topics for discussion. You can choose to comment on a discussion or ignore it -- just like at a dinner party. No one is forcing you to engage in a specific discussion. There are 37 individual discussion forums on this site -- not counting sub-forums. You have the option of turning off what is shown on the front page and when you click on View New Content. You can also ignore all posts from specific members -- like Elf Hermey -- who by the way is NOT a real person. Elf Hermey is just an automated process that posts Internet content from MULTIPLE sources based on specific tags like Christmas and Santa Claus.

Thank Michael, and yes...I get that our Hermey is not real. I can block "him," but I want to see the birthdays. I typically go right to the updated content on the forum and skip the front page, I just need to look at the preferences more and get them set. I see that when I "block" Hermey, as soon as someone posts on the topic I can see it, it doesn't seem to block a thread started by "him" only blocks his posts within it. I will look some more.

More importantly, all this talk of dinner has me hungry...what's for dinner? ;)

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Biker Claus

WHAT???? OMG!!! Elf Hermey is not real and I was going to have coffee with him........

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Eileen Strom

I don't find the sign "offensive" at all.

Somewhat lacking in good judgement and dumb, but not offensive.

I always thought that the word was spelled Chanukah.

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Santa Curtis

IS IT TRUE?

I don't know about everyone but for me it is.

WILL IT HELP SOMEONE?

No.

WILL IT HURT SOMEONE?

Probably.

COULD IT MAKE YOU, AS THE SPEAKER, LOOK BAD?

Yes.

 

It's easy to see that this was a bad idea. 

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Ricky Claus

LOL. What a group of goobers. Signs like that just make me shake my head and think Jesus was Jewish, is Jewish in the Christian Bible. Tis religions have different interprutations of God or the Almighty to whom they believe. There is no harm done because someone was raised to believe one way or another. It's not our decsion to be brought into the world but we can act with a sole mind and be courteous to those around us. People like that need some prayer and hope they guide correctly and politly. Sorry about my little preaching.

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