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Atheist: Christmas tree recycling unfair; Program changed because incentive said to favor Christians
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Posted on 12/29/2004 1:31:59 AM PST by JohnHuang2

Wednesday, December 29, 2004



Atheist: Christmas tree recycling unfair
Program changed because incentive said to favor Christians


Posted: December 29, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

An atheist activist forced Chicago to change its Christmas tree recycling program, complaining it was unfair to non-Christians.

The city wanted to bolster its Blue Bag recycling program by offering a years worth of blue bags and some mulch to anyone who turned in a used Christmas tree.

But Rob Sherman, known for his campaign to keep crosses off city seals, protested to Chicago, insisting the trees-for-bags exchange unfairly benefits Christians, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"The concern was that the city had constructed a well-intentioned program, but the effect was that only Christians had the opportunity to participate," Sherman told the paper. "Christians had the opportunity to receive the blue bags for free. Atheists and others would have had to pay."

Responding to Sherman, the city now will allow anyone to get the blue bags if they bring in a large bag of recyclable material.

The city will now offer blue bags to anyone who visits one of 22 tree-recycling locations on Jan. 8 and brings a large bag of recyclable material.

"We'd prefer the tree, but we're willing to permit that. We've always been flexible," streets and sanitation spokesman Matt Smith told the Tribune. "The main thing is that we want people to recycle, and we want to keep these trees out of the waste stream."

Sherman, of suburban Buffalo Grove, doesn't live in Chicago, but he called the city's law department on behalf of a Chicago resident.

He told the Chicago paper that at one point he was told he could receive the blue bags if he brought in someone else's tree.

"Atheists shouldn't have to go begging from home to home for a Christian who will sponsor them into this kind of government program," he said.

While some argue that many non-Christians put up trees for the holidays, Sherman insists it's predominantly Christians who participate.

"No self-respecting atheist or Jew or Hindu puts up a Christmas tree in their home unless they are Christian wannabes," he said.

Sherman led a campaign to remove crosses from the municipal seals of the Illinois cities of Zion and Rolling Meadows.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aclumia; antichristian; antichristmas; atheism; atheismisareligion; atheist; atheistbeliefinnogod; christian; christmas; christmastrees; environmentalist; firewood; mulch; pagans; recycle; recycling; religiousintolerance; trees

1 posted on 12/29/2004 1:31:59 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

Good grief. (rolls eyes)


2 posted on 12/29/2004 1:34:45 AM PST by kb2614 ( You have everything to fear, including fear itself. - The new DNC slogan)
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To: JohnHuang2
Will someone please shut these insane atheists up? They're giving all us sane atheists a bad name!
3 posted on 12/29/2004 1:36:29 AM PST by jennyp (Latest creation/evolution news: http://crevo.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: JohnHuang2

I never considered the tree as a christian thing, funny me.


4 posted on 12/29/2004 1:45:37 AM PST by GeronL (I am NOT the real bin Laden)
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To: jennyp

sane atheists are a distinct minority of atheists. Just as the sane are minorities and atheists are minorities and space pirates are.... oh wait... story idea coming.


5 posted on 12/29/2004 1:46:57 AM PST by GeronL (I am NOT the real bin Laden)
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To: JohnHuang2

How did all these stupid people survive to adulthood? Oh, it must have been all the warning labels. Arrrgh!


6 posted on 12/29/2004 1:55:54 AM PST by Ruth A.
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To: Ruth A.

Bump!


7 posted on 12/29/2004 2:05:55 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("You can get so well educated ... your thoughts become detached from common sense" -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: JohnHuang2

"Sherman, of suburban Buffalo Grove, doesn't live in Chicago, but he called the city's law department on behalf of a Chicago resident."

Hmmmm? not a resident. 'Why do I need to you? Go take a hike!'


8 posted on 12/29/2004 2:13:22 AM PST by rawhide
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To: JohnHuang2

Don't these liberal dunderheads have more important things to cry about? These people really need to get a life!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 12/29/2004 2:18:30 AM PST by derllak
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To: JohnHuang2
""Atheists shouldn't have to go begging from home to home for a Christian who will sponsor them into this kind of government program," he said."

This nitwit finds it demeaning to have to go begging a tree from a neighbor but he doesn't mind begging a grievence from a Chicago resident so he can file suit.

10 posted on 12/29/2004 2:18:39 AM PST by muir_redwoods
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To: JohnHuang2; dansangel

(shaking head) What's next?


11 posted on 12/29/2004 2:19:08 AM PST by .45MAN (Have a Happy and Holy Christmas)
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To: .45MAN

Exactly, friend.


12 posted on 12/29/2004 2:30:09 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("You can get so well educated ... your thoughts become detached from common sense" -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: GeronL

I'm prejudiced against space pirates. I decided in advance that I like all of them based on what I know about a few.


13 posted on 12/29/2004 2:33:37 AM PST by Petronski (Thank God I'm only watching the game....controlling it....)
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To: JohnHuang2

Rob Sherman = Whackjob


14 posted on 12/29/2004 2:53:45 AM PST by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: JohnHuang2
To Athiests to Whom Christians, Christmas, Santa and Christmas Tree Recycling May Concern:

You are choosing to stress yourself out over Christians and their holidays. It's not your business. Choose to ignore it. They are hurting no one with their religious practices. Lay the hell off them... You will feel better.

While you're at it lay off Jews, Buddists, Islam, Mormans, etc.

Try to find some joy in your lives. Get a shrink. If you're worrying about this stuff, you need one.
15 posted on 12/29/2004 3:25:05 AM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: JohnHuang2

"Sherman, you're an idiot."

16 posted on 12/29/2004 3:35:27 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("Nature abhors a moron."-H.L. Mencken)
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To: jennyp
Will someone please shut these insane atheists up? They're giving all us sane atheists a bad name!

I get more convinced each day that the only hope to cork these people is to ignore them as you would any child throwing a tantrum. Every time one of these clowns threatens a lawsuit, simply don't respond. If they sue, simply allow for civic "leaders" to continue to ignore them by not wasting money for defense. Then if some mindless twit of a judge decides to "hear" the complaint, these same civic leaders should ignore any ruling regardless of how it goes. Just don't read it.

As long as otherwise functioning adults continue to pay attention to these children, they will continue to push the envelope as any child will do.

17 posted on 12/29/2004 4:01:00 AM PST by stevem
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To: JohnHuang2
Awww, let him win this one. He's got a real surprise coming when he's standing at the Pearly Gates trying to convince St Pete its "not fair" they won't let him in.
18 posted on 12/29/2004 4:15:06 AM PST by Feckless
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To: rawhide
Kind of like that wacko atheist Newdow taking up the cause of the Pledge for the sake of his daughter. These people are clearly in the minority. I am deeply offended when I am forced to change my traditions to appease their idiotic feelings. How come no one cares about my feelings?
19 posted on 12/29/2004 4:41:20 AM PST by Conservative Infidel
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To: JohnHuang2

He misses the major point which is anyone with a Christmas tree paid for it. He had the same opportunity to buy one if he wished. Because of this, there is no discrimination. Anyone could participate if they wanted to.


20 posted on 12/29/2004 4:46:32 AM PST by killjoy (My kid is the bomb at Islam Elementary!)
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To: JohnHuang2

What is more disturbing than this whackjob athiest is that the city of Chicago gave in to his ridiculous demands!


21 posted on 12/29/2004 5:36:57 AM PST by Gritty ("Absent convictions, there is no tolerance; there is only indifference" - George Weigel)
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To: JohnHuang2

Come on everyone! Where is Chicago? BLUUUUUUE state. 'Nuff said?


22 posted on 12/29/2004 5:40:44 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: newzjunkey

Illinois would be a Red State if not for the VERY DEEP BLUE (and corrupt) city of Chicago.


23 posted on 12/29/2004 5:45:13 AM PST by xusafflyer (Keep paying those taxes California. Mexico thanks you.)
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To: JohnHuang2

I suppose they would be equally indignant if the city offered to pick up the guts from animal sacrifices.


24 posted on 12/29/2004 6:19:27 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Ruth A.
How did all these stupid people survive to adulthood? Oh, it must have been all the warning labels. Arrrgh!

LOL! That's it! The nanny state thwarts Darwin's law!!!

Seen on the side of lion in Africa: DANGER: THIS ANIMAL IS DANGEROUS TO ANTELOPES AND OTHER GRAZING ANIMALS.

25 posted on 12/29/2004 6:32:36 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: JohnHuang2

Maybe this idiot is actually on to something. We could get rid of welfare - benefits poor people. Social Security - benefits old people.


26 posted on 12/29/2004 6:38:06 AM PST by Doohickey ("This is a hard and dirty war, but when it's over, nothing will ever be too difficult again.)
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To: GeronL
I never considered the tree as a christian thing, funny me.

It must be in the Bible somewhere... Maybe it's in 3rd Peter, or in the Gospel of James...

27 posted on 12/29/2004 6:39:29 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: mc5cents

The left believes in Darwinism except among endagered species and human survival.


28 posted on 12/29/2004 7:57:03 AM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: Petronski
I'm prejudiced against space pirates. I decided in advance that I like all of them based on what I know about a few

way in advance... way way in advance

29 posted on 12/29/2004 3:40:01 PM PST by GeronL (I am NOT the real bin Laden)
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To: Ruth A.

LOL


30 posted on 12/29/2004 3:42:33 PM PST by firebrand
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To: killjoy

Boy you really are a killjoy


31 posted on 12/29/2004 3:44:46 PM PST by firebrand
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To: JohnHuang2
Why don't their neighbors take care of it for crying loud. These people don't deserve to live.


CHICAGO IS FULL OF WUSSIES




32 posted on 12/29/2004 3:48:52 PM PST by Lady Jag (All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and unlimited power)
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