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OPERATION LUMP OF COAL: STAGE TWO!(Michelle Malkin continues the battle against Scrooges)
Michelle Malkin's Blog ^ | December 4, 2004 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/04/2004 11:36:46 AM PST by Stoat



By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 04, 2004 12:55 PM
Earlier this week, many of you contacted Denver mayor John Hickenlooper ( after I wrote about his effort to replace the city's "Merry Christmas" sign with a "Happy Holidays" sign. As you all know by now, Hickenlooper heard us--and tons of other protesters-- loud and clear. The phrase "Merry Christmas" will not be removed from the city building after all. According to a press release issued by the mayor's office:
“Last week a journalist accurately quoted my comments that a ‘Happy Holidays’ sign encompassing greetings for all religious and cultural observances would be an appropriate complement to the existing holiday display. I was under the impression – perhaps erroneously – that the existing ‘Merry Christmas’ sign was becoming worn out and would need to be replaced soon anyway.

“Over the past several days, it has become clear to me that there is strong community sentiment to maintain the ‘Merry Christmas’ sign, and I am glad to oblige. My intention was never to disrespect or slight anyone or any religious tradition. I apologize to anyone who may have been offended or mistakenly felt I was being anti-Christmas. ‘Hickenlooper’ might have two O’s, but I am not ‘Scrooge.’ We are happy to keep the ‘Merry Christmas’ sign, and perhaps we can explore the possibility of also adding a ‘Happy Holidays’ sign to the display next year.


The organizers of the city's Parade of Lights, however, still refuse to allow participation by groups that primarily promote religion. In effect, that policy results in a ban on most religious symbols, including replicas of Jesus Christ. About 1,000 people(!) protested this policy by singing religious hymns before the parade started. The Denver Post reports:

Steve Schweitzberger carried a basket with a tiny baby Jesus doll inside that had a paper teardrop falling from its eye.

The baby came with a sign that read, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to."

Schweitzberger said he thought the display was appropriate considering religious groups were not allowed to participate in the downtown Parade of Lights this weekend.

"I thought it was strange that they would exclude the birthday boy from his own party," Schweitzberger said. "Everybody knows that Christmas is not spelled with an X."

Schweitzberger joined a group of about 1,000 people - some from churches throughout the Denver metro area - to sing religious hymns before the parade started in a peaceful protest of the policy.

They passed out cocoa and sang "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World."

The parade was not interrupted by the crowd.

The Downtown Denver Partnership, a private nonprofit group that stages the parade, rejected Faith Bible Chapel's bid to have a float in the event.


The Parade of Lights is sponsored by local television station 9news. Roger Ogden, the station's president and general manager, can be reached at Now that Mayor Hickenlooper has changed his mind, perhaps Mr. Ogden would enjoy receiving a present from you. His mailing address is:

Roger Ogden
500 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80203


The Downtown Denver Partnership can be reached at:

Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. 511 16th Street #200 Denver, CO 80202 ph: 303-534-6161 fax: 303-534-2803

Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, mayor Clover Moore replaced "Merry Christmas" signs with "Season's Greetings" in the spirit of "tolerance and inclusion." She can be e-mailed at

And here are more suggested recipients of your lumps of coal: Macy's and the Federated Department Stores. See The Committee to Save Merry Christmas.

I don't know about you, but I've got a whole bag of charcoal briquets. The way these Scrooges are going, it's gonna be empty by Christmas Eve.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christ; christmas; lumpofcoal; malkin; merrychristmas; michellemalkin; scrooge
We had a wonderful Freeper response for Michelle's first effort, which you can see at this link:

MY CHRISTMAS CRUSADE (Michelle Malkin is organizing against those taking Christ out of Christmas)

Let's keep the ball rolling and let those who wish to take Christ out of Christmas know where they stand!


1 posted on 12/04/2004 11:36:46 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat
What “holidays?” Could someone please tell me what “holidays” we are celebrating? Seems to me that the only options are Christmas, Chanukkah, or Kwanzaa, all of which are, to one degree or another, religious holidays. So, since we cannot publicly celebrate religious days, then what exactly are we celebrating during the so-called “holiday season?”

Maybe the people who have such a hatred of Christmas should work on December 25th!


2 posted on 12/04/2004 11:47:08 AM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: bushisdamanin04; Stoat

Saw a bit on Bill O' last night where he had the minister and a city defense attorney. Bill O' was giving the attorney what-fer. The minister was calm and logical the attorney was rude (kept stepping on the minister when he was talking). The attorney looked land acted like a WHITE-BREAD version of the Jabba-da-Butt mouthpiece that is out there all the time defending CAIR.

3 posted on 12/04/2004 12:08:04 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: bushisdamanin04

"Holiday" is a slight contraction of the original, "holy day."

4 posted on 12/04/2004 12:10:03 PM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: Stoat
"I thought it was strange that they would exclude the birthday boy from his own party," Schweitzberger said. "Everybody knows that Christmas is not spelled with an X."

Actually, it is:

   The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.  2000.
PRONUNCIATION:   krsms, ksms
NOUN: Christmas.
ETYMOLOGY: From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ. See Christ.
USAGE NOTE: Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of , “Christ.” In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, “Christian.” But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.

5 posted on 12/06/2004 7:08:02 PM PST by hedgie
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To: bushisdamanin04

Quiz: What national holiday falls exactly one week after Christmas and is mentioned in many Christmas card greetings?

6 posted on 12/11/2004 6:41:46 AM PST by transplant
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