Skip to comments.Parade name change by mayor spurs boycott
Posted on 11/26/2005 12:00:04 PM PST by pissant
ENCINITAS Three community groups and members of a Jewish temple are boycotting this year's holiday parade because the city reverted to a name that they said discriminates against non-Christian religions: the Christmas Parade.
Mayor Dan Dalager said he used his prerogative as mayor to ask staff members to change the name.
"Some years ago, someone in their bureaucratic wiseness decided to change the name to Holiday Parade. I just changed it back to its historically correct name," he said. "It's no big deal.
"There is a Christian holiday called Christmas that is celebrated in churches, and there is a Christian holiday called Christmas that is about Santa Claus and reindeer and snowmen and getting together with family and friends and having parades and all this stuff," Dalager said. "We are celebrating the American holiday called Christmas."
He said he will not change the name back.
The annual parade along South Coast Highway 101, the city's main drag, will be held Dec. 3 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Critics of the name change said the city is turning back the clock on religious and cultural tolerance at a time when many organizations have changed their Christmas celebrations to religion-neutral names, such as December Nights at Balboa Park instead of Christmas on the Prado.
They said the city should not favor a religion when it spends $4,000 to organize the parade, and they are trying to figure out how to change the name back to Holiday Parade.
"It is the ignorance that bothers me, the philosophy, the desire to exclude people, whether intentional or not," said Olivenhain resident Nan Sterman, who is Jewish.
Three community groups that had participated in previous parades have pulled out or indicated they will not take part this year because of the name change, said Chris Hazeltine, the city's parks and recreation director.
They are Leucadia Town Council, Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southern California and Girl Scouts Seacoast Service Unit in Encinitas.
Rabbi David Frank of Temple Solel said many of the 800 households in his congregation will not attend.
"It makes it very difficult, obviously, to participate in this specifically Christian observance," Frank said.
Hazeltine said the mayor changed the parade's name at the beginning of this year when the city began planning its events.
Some critics accused Dalager of soliciting the support of two other council members in secret to switch from the Holiday Parade, violating the "Ralph M., Brown Act," which deems illegal any secret meetings among a majority of a legislative body.
Dalager denied the allegations and said he acted alone.
The number of community organizations applying to participate this year has dropped from last year's 95 to 82, Hazeltine said.
Last year's event attracted 30,000 spectators, city officials said.
Jennifer Zaayer, vice president of Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southern California, said participating in the event would be taking a step backward.
"This reeks of a political time when people have their own agendas," she said. "I was shocked it was changed without being on the agenda for public comment."
There are so many nations to chose from. Why do we get so lucky with some of these idiots?
True, but it will not stop idiots in Massachusetts from calling their tree the "holiday" tree. Of course, they may not realize that holiday means holy day....yet.
SO now the Jewish lobby is against Christmas!?! WTF? Fine. It was Christmas, is Christmas, and always will be Christmas. When Hannukah rolls around, I want all mention of the Jewish holiday stricken from the media. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
The town council is playing PC madness. The dog club is probably a buncha peta wannabees, and the girl scouts have been infested by the homo/rainbow agenda for years. They won't be missed.
A Christmas Card to the Mayor would work! :-)
Egzakery...... They are welcome to put on a Hannaku parade if they so wish. A Christmas parade is not anti- anything, it is simply Pro- Christmas.
Freedom means the freedom to be a disgusting retard, I guess.
And the stinker is that most claiming to be offended are not even slightly offended. They are just trying to tear down the country bib by bit.
That's true. That's why I don't have any guilt over thinking he's a moron.
I'm thinking the same thing....though agreeing with YOU scares me! ;o)
Oh...and BTW....(all those who are offended may want to close their eyes at this point).......
We go to a neighbor's Hannukah party every year, and hardly find it an insult to ourselves as Christians.
I wish someone would tell the Jews at the local Temple mentioned in this article that instead of thumbing their noses at Christmas it would be better to reach out in reciprocal friendship. Jews and Christians should support each other. Let them give a Hannukah party and invite a few Christians to share in the festivities and gain a better understanding of Judaism.
Let me guess. They have a liberal Rabbi.
Or have a Christmas-Channukah-Kwanzaa-Ramadan-Ghambar Maidyozarem Parade. Whoever boats their float.
Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights," starts on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev and lasts for eight days and nights. In 2005 Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 25.
a.k.a Christmas Day ! Everybody enjoy the parade!
There is a NATIONAL holiday called Christmas. Get used to it. That's how it's going to be.
Did they? Then good. But just the idea that the libs in MA would even contemplate it is proof of their general worthlessness.
OK cities of America, here is your example! We're sick and tired of politically correct nonsense.
It's Christmas Charlie Brown!!