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Christmas tree removed from courthouse
Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2009 | RACHANEE SRISAVASDI

Posted on 11/24/2009 4:57:54 PM PST by South40

SANTA ANA – The removal of a Christmas tree from the Orange County Superior courthouse Monday has prompted a petition among court employees to have the tree – connected to a gift drive for poor children – put back.

The six-foot artificial tree, which was adorned with tags seeking toy donations to 'Operation Santa Claus,' was removed Monday after a member of the public complained about the tree being in the courthouse, court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau said.

"It's a public building and we have to serve the diversity of our community,'' she said.

The tree had been put up in the courthouse every holiday season for about 20 years, said Orange County Sheriff's Special Officer Cynthia Guerrero, who runs the courthouse's 'Operation Santa Claus' effort. She was ordered to take down the tree.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antichristmas; christmastree; orangecounty; publicsquare

1 posted on 11/24/2009 4:57:56 PM PST by South40
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To: South40

We live in a strange world. How about concern for diversity of those that like the trees.


2 posted on 11/24/2009 4:59:56 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: edcoil

Mmmmm, thought liberals like and admire green trees? I’m confused.


3 posted on 11/24/2009 5:02:39 PM PST by tflabo (truth vs. tyranny)
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To: South40

Diversity trumps charity.

Once again the extreme left shows that the poor only matter for their votes.


4 posted on 11/24/2009 5:04:16 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: South40

new rule: whoever is offended by this kind of stuff MUST report to work on December 25th.


5 posted on 11/24/2009 5:04:58 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: South40

This illustrates the idiocy of our present culture. How can not having a Christmas tree which solicits for gifts for needy persons contribute to serving the diversity of that community? It appears to me that it would contribute to the diversity of that community. Man proposes, God disposes.


6 posted on 11/24/2009 5:05:14 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: edcoil

Yet the Empire State Building went RED for China.


7 posted on 11/24/2009 5:08:08 PM PST by lilycicero
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To: thefactor

They can go to hades too where they won’t find any ‘winter celebration’ trees either.


8 posted on 11/24/2009 5:08:21 PM PST by tflabo (truth vs. tyranny)
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To: South40
Yes, indeed, referring to post above about diversity.. we have to meet a standard regarding diversity in our military, but anyone who wishes to se diversity in out society, be damned.

And all due to the liberal marxist judges we have to interpret out Constitution.

9 posted on 11/24/2009 5:09:42 PM PST by MajorThomas (Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.)
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To: South40

I want that complainers NAME!! I can GUESS at it, but I want to know for sure!!


10 posted on 11/24/2009 5:10:45 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: South40

Put up a muslim tree with muslims hanging from it.


11 posted on 11/24/2009 5:18:17 PM PST by MaxMax (Obamao can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: South40

Taking it out was idiotic, but it reinforces the fact that these are CHRISTMAS trees that celebrate the birth of Christ, not “holiday” trees that represent all faiths. It makes me sick when people talk about them like they are secular objects.


12 posted on 11/24/2009 5:20:13 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: tflabo

Standford’s football mascot is a tree. He will have to go.


13 posted on 11/24/2009 5:22:47 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: MaxMax
Put up a muslim tree with muslims hanging from it.

Thinking of a smart comment....... I got nuthin.....

That's d#mn funny. We're gonna need a bigger tree.

14 posted on 11/24/2009 5:24:09 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: edcoil

Al Gore belongs to the Dumbass family of trees


15 posted on 11/24/2009 5:25:31 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: al baby

Maybe you have not notices, no family has claimed Al Gore.


16 posted on 11/24/2009 5:28:01 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: lilycicero

I get your point. However, the Empire State Building is not a federal building and therefore not subject to the false pronouncements (and judgments) about separation of church and state.


17 posted on 11/24/2009 5:28:45 PM PST by doc1019 (Obama, not so much.)
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To: thefactor

My idea exactly!

I think we should DEMAND of the ACLU that the Christmas Holiday no longer be a paid holiday ( includes all Federal workers!)...let everyone take a personal day for Krapkwanza!

then see how fast Christmas trees abound!!


18 posted on 11/24/2009 5:30:52 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Repeat Offender

We’re gonna need a LOT BIGGER tree!


19 posted on 11/24/2009 5:36:48 PM PST by sailor4321
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To: South40

Message to “a member of the public” who complained; STFU!


20 posted on 11/24/2009 5:37:17 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: South40

Everyone in the building should bring a small tree and put it on their desk and wear a Christmas tree pin.


21 posted on 11/24/2009 5:37:27 PM PST by votemout
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To: South40

Apparently, we’ve learned nothing from Ft Hood about the dangers of being politically correct. These ignorant gasbags are going to be the death of the America we inherited and have failed to protect.

It’s time to take back the country.


22 posted on 11/24/2009 6:04:39 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: South40

One person complained! A single person had that power?

Well how about listening to a person who wants the tree back? Their demand should have the same weight!


23 posted on 11/24/2009 6:12:48 PM PST by Exit148 (Loose Change Founder. A little goes a long way!)
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To: Exit148

Dear Gwen: You are a fool. How uninformed and imbecilic must you be? I think you should be fired. Please leave the community in disgrace and become a wandering weirdo who dumpster dives for her food. Have a great Thanksgiving, you ungrateful moron.


24 posted on 11/24/2009 7:02:18 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: votemout

I received this in an email from a friend who is part of the Denver area 912 group:

(From Thelma)

This all started on a thread on Facebook... Let us know what you all think......this was started by others, we are just passing the info/ideas along to see what our members would like to do!

Lawrence Melton
What’s that I smell? Acorns roasting on an open fire? All we have to do now is cut the political correctness crap. Say what you mean and you will feel refreshed. Remember, this is not some holiday season...It’s Christmas “By God.” If they won’t let you put a Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn, put one in the back of twenty pick-up trucks and park them around the courthouse. Let’s get radical for American values and beat them at their own game.

Sonja Bliss
Lawrence that is a great idea... let’s start it up... Like tailgate parties at court houses across the states with Christmas trees all deck out...

Lawrence Melton
Have presents for the kids as they drive around the square, little penny or nickel presents. Hot chocolate and the like. Sing Christmas songs and watch the news media start filming because many in the media are just as afraid of the ACLU as everybody else. Christmas tailgate parties around court houses where it is not allowed is a great idea! Let’s get a tradition going.

Lawrence Melton
Remember, it was women who made this country great. The men always follow the women. Turn off the TV and lets start a new revolution that says enough. All politicians work for us. If they try to stop the new movement, double their problems until they have no other option but follow!

Sonja Bliss
I think it is great... we should start posting and emailing it out to 912er’s and Tea party groups.. Friendly competition for the Best decorated Tailgate Tree...

Can you imagine Christmas Tailgate parties from Sea to Shining Sea parked in front of government buildings with Pickups with Christmas Trees and Cars with Christmas Wreaths . . . singing Religious Carols... Please help me get this launched..... Let’s get a tradition going.


25 posted on 11/24/2009 7:19:30 PM PST by Marmolade
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