Monday, December 11, 2006

Hanukkah O Hanukkah: In Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport is now bereft of all its holiday decorations after airport administration decided to remove all decorations rather than add a chanukkiah to its display. This, I find remarkable. A local Orthodox rabbi requested the addition of a Hanukkah symbol, but apparently that was too objectionable for Sea-Tac. How fascinating, and disappointing. Somehow, I have a hard time believing the airport did it to foster inclusiveness. From the wire:

All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a rabbi had requested.

Maintenance workers boxed up the trees during the graveyard shift early Saturday, when airport bosses believed few people would notice.

"We decided to take the trees down because we didn't want to be exclusive," said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. "We're trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year."

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