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CA: Burlingame pays $1,600 to obscure Star of David shape on playground
ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 9/26/05 | AP

Posted on 09/26/2005 2:45:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

BURLINGAME, Calif. - The city of Burlingame has paid $1,600 to obscure a design at the newly opened Pershing Park playground that a resident felt resembled the Star of David.

The park was closed on Thursday of last week while a contractor filled in a pattern in the playground's surface that consisted of six yellow stars laid out in the shape of the Star of David. Residents had complained it was disrespectful for children to step on the design.

The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun.

The original contractor made a mistake in fashioning the design to look like a star, said Randy Schwartz, director of parks and recreation. The design was supposed to resemble the pattern in the playground's climbing net.

"Our intent was not to disrespect any religion or any religious organizations," Schwartz said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: burlingame; california; obscure; playground; shape; starofdavid

1 posted on 09/26/2005 2:45:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
The park was closed on Thursday of last week while a contractor filled in a pattern in the playground's surface that consisted of six yellow stars laid out in the shape of the Star of David.

Geez, they treated it like it was some kind of hazardous materials spill. A pox upon the City of Burlingame.

2 posted on 09/26/2005 2:48:11 PM PDT by My2Cents (The political battles of our day are battles over morality, between the haves and the have nots.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Apparently Judeo-Christian symbols offend secularists. Quick, let's erase them all!

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
3 posted on 09/26/2005 2:49:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge
The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun.

Get the lawyers ready. This place is intentionally trying to piss off the sun worshippers!!!

4 posted on 09/26/2005 2:49:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: NormsRevenge
"Residents had complained it was disrespectful for children to step on the design.

The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun.
"

...from sensitivity back to sun worship. Isn't that special.
5 posted on 09/26/2005 2:50:13 PM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: My2Cents
A pox upon the City of Burlingame.

I don't understand - a pox on them because they didn't want to be disrespectful of Judaism?

6 posted on 09/26/2005 2:50:25 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: NormsRevenge; My2Cents
If their motivation was to prevent children from trampling on what may be perceived as a religious symbol, I agree; I would have the same feeling if someone had misguidedly painted a US flag on the asphalt out of patriotism.
7 posted on 09/26/2005 2:50:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: goldstategop

It may have been a Jewish person who complained.

http://www.kron4.com/Global/story.asp?S=3900201&nav=5D7l

" A resident had complained it was disrespectful for children to step on the design."


8 posted on 09/26/2005 2:51:55 PM PDT by SolarisRocks
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To: NormsRevenge

I say BS. Probably some Muslim or Muslim-sensitive weenie complained about Zionist symbolism.


9 posted on 09/26/2005 2:52:24 PM PDT by hlmencken3 ("...politics is a religion substitute for liberals and they can't stand the competition")
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To: Joe 6-pack

Then that is a good point, and I may have misread the article. A pox on me.


10 posted on 09/26/2005 2:53:07 PM PDT by My2Cents (The political battles of our day are battles over morality, between the haves and the have nots.)
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To: NormsRevenge

More tax dollars just thrown away.

Is this the use of our tax money that Hillary implied when she screeched that we have to raise taxes for the common good.

A pox on them all.


11 posted on 09/26/2005 2:53:30 PM PDT by A message (The Democrat party platform is NOT in the mainstream. It is just foolish.)
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To: My2Cents
No need for pox on anybody, lol.

Pax et bonum...

12 posted on 09/26/2005 2:54:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: A message

and a pox on me too after some of the excellent other replies.


13 posted on 09/26/2005 2:55:03 PM PDT by A message (The Democrat party platform is NOT in the mainstream. It is just foolish.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"CA: Burlingame pays $1,600 to obscure Star of David shape on playground"

I wonder what the obscure Star of David shape is going to do with the money.

14 posted on 09/26/2005 2:55:16 PM PDT by Fabozz
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To: My2Cents

"Then that is a good point, and I may have misread the article. A pox on me."

What is this, Apoxolypse Now?



15 posted on 09/26/2005 2:55:39 PM PDT by fizziwig
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To: SolarisRocks

That person is an idiot. The Star of David is not a holy symbol, it's a Hebrew tribal symbol.


16 posted on 09/26/2005 2:55:57 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Driving an SUV is objectively pro-terrorist)
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To: A message

Either the contractor or the architect that came up with the design should have had to pay to correct the mistake. Since the city paid, I can only assume that the flawed design was the city's fault.


17 posted on 09/26/2005 2:56:46 PM PDT by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: Ingtar

California is a
No Fault State. :)


18 posted on 09/26/2005 2:59:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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well, in some ways, anyway.


19 posted on 09/26/2005 2:59:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: NormsRevenge

Add circles, squares, and triangles and let the whinies holler at the city for teaching children to recognize shapes.


20 posted on 09/26/2005 3:02:50 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: mtbopfuyn

The FReeMasons are behind this, I betcha. ;-)


21 posted on 09/26/2005 3:04:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: NormsRevenge
In related news; the City of Burlingame will redesign all streets in order to avoid intersections appearing like crosses.
22 posted on 09/26/2005 3:08:05 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: Fabozz

Nothing good, IMO. A several thousand year old symbol has no business at all hanging around in children's playgrounds. I hope the local police keep an eye on it.


23 posted on 09/26/2005 3:12:59 PM PDT by English Nationalist
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To: My2Cents

Hey, I've got an idea. Maybe all those Burger King dessert lids in Britain they had to junk because they supposedly had a symbol resembling the one for Allah can be used at the playground to obscure the Star of David.


24 posted on 09/26/2005 3:20:17 PM PDT by Buzwardo
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To: Buzwardo

Shhhh..don't suggest that too loudly.


25 posted on 09/26/2005 3:24:30 PM PDT by My2Cents (The political battles of our day are battles over morality, between the haves and the have nots.)
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To: thoughtomator

Could've used the site for the next Madonna video. The Kabala's Tree of Life exhibits the Star of David Pattern as well.


26 posted on 09/26/2005 3:29:16 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: NormsRevenge
The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun.

Arch? Or Crescent?

(ducks)

27 posted on 09/26/2005 3:36:15 PM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: martin_fierro

Uff-dah...

Pingable?


28 posted on 09/26/2005 3:37:22 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (There are things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few catch your heart. Pursue those!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun.

I'm surprised they didn't replace it with a RAINBOW....

Gay is good - Religious is bad!

BARF!

29 posted on 09/26/2005 3:39:31 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (There are things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few catch your heart. Pursue those!)
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To: familyop
Gosh, we hope that that nasty old Star of David shape isn't allowed to interfere with any of those statues to those marvelous people, the Aztecs.

It's enough to tear your heart out!

30 posted on 09/26/2005 3:49:13 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, Temple Sholom in Burlingame was the site of our wedding. Lots of Jews, as well as Christians. I suspect the article is correct, that someone thought it disrespectful to have a religious symbol in the floor. Of course it was not in a Temple, but a park, so I could have lived with it, but then someone else would complain that the other religious symbols were not in the park. If it never was meant to be a symbol of the religion, then good for the city.

As far as having religious symbols on public land, go for it, but don't be disrespectful.


31 posted on 09/26/2005 4:24:13 PM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: Vroomfondel
Arch? Or Crescent?

My thought as well. Sounds disrespectful to Islam now. Someone needs to declare a Jihad.

32 posted on 09/26/2005 4:35:34 PM PDT by PAR35
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