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California Official Orders Removal of Christmas Angel After Complaint
Fox News ^ | Dec 23, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 12/23/2009 8:26:45 AM PST by SmartInsight

There's no place for angels atop Christmas trees, according to one California man who successfully lobbied for the removal of religious symbols at county buildings after spotting a yuletide decoration last week.

Stars and other religious emblems were ordered removed from Christmas trees in all government buildings in Sonoma County on Monday following a complaint by Irv Sutley, a disabled 65-year-old Marine veteran who said the symbols were "extremely offensive" and part of the "cult" of Christianity.

Sutley said he filed the complaint with acting County Administrator Chris Thomas on Dec. 18 after noticing an angel atop a six-foot tree in the lobby of the county recorder's office. Sutley, a lifelong atheist and chairman of the county's Peace and Freedom Party, said he visited the office last week for his re-election bid next June.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: angel; atheists; christmas; constitution; freedomofreligion; religion
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Why did the officials go along with this?

Let him sue.

This is preposterous.

1 posted on 12/23/2009 8:26:46 AM PST by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

If I complain about the CA officials, will they be removed?


2 posted on 12/23/2009 8:27:35 AM PST by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: SmartInsight

How is a Star a religious symbol?


3 posted on 12/23/2009 8:28:48 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: SCalGal

Complain about Irv Sutley - have him removed.


4 posted on 12/23/2009 8:28:59 AM PST by eCSMaster
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"Irv Sutley, a disabled 65-year-old Marine veteran"

LOL! Thats like simply describing hitler as a former WW1 veteran. Google this guy! He was accused in a murder for hire plot, provided a gun to someone accused in a terrorist attack on a US military base, and was a member of the communist party. Do your homework on this loser!

5 posted on 12/23/2009 8:29:17 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: SmartInsight

I’m not sure which is worse. The complaining moron, or the neutered chicken-sh*ts who listen to the moron’s complaints.


6 posted on 12/23/2009 8:29:58 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SmartInsight

It seems his disability went to his head, which I find extremely offensive... let’s remove it. /s


7 posted on 12/23/2009 8:30:16 AM PST by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: SmartInsight

It’s almost like there’s a squad of these people who go around to public places every Christmas looking to be offended. One problem we have is that we have too many lawyers who made an industry of pushing these bogus claims.


8 posted on 12/23/2009 8:30:41 AM PST by YankeeReb (There's no such thing as Free Health care OR a JOBLESS RECOVERY)
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To: NMEwithin

I dunno- Sutley must have suffered atheistic agony everytime he saw a row of stars on his CINC’s shirt collar or sees them on a US flag like the one that will drape his coffin someday

but stars are missing from my liberal town’s “holiday tree”, too


9 posted on 12/23/2009 8:32:06 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks being invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: icwhatudo

Looks like the papers were very selective about how they portrayed him!

Can you imagine how they wuld have described him if he were conservative!


10 posted on 12/23/2009 8:32:38 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: SmartInsight

Irv Sutley, you are “extremely Offensive” to me, I want you removed.


11 posted on 12/23/2009 8:35:43 AM PST by anoldafvet (If you set out to deliberately destroy the economy, what would you do different from Obama?)
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To: icwhatudo

It is only later in the article they mention:

“a lifelong atheist and chairman of the county’s Peace and Freedom Party”

“The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.”

http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/


12 posted on 12/23/2009 8:36:05 AM PST by SmartInsight (Dems in power are a clear and present danger to our freedom and the survival of our nation.)
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To: SmartInsight

Why don’t these people ever stand in front of a mosque and scream that there is no allah!


13 posted on 12/23/2009 8:38:04 AM PST by MtnClimber (Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme looks remarkably similar to the way Social Security works)
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Irv Sutley, a disabled 65-year-old Marine veteran, said the symbols were "extremely offensive."

14 posted on 12/23/2009 8:38:23 AM PST by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: NMEwithin

The same way a crescent moon is.... therefore, I want the stars and stripes pulled off the flag and want them replaced by something more calming lie one crescent moon.....


15 posted on 12/23/2009 8:38:40 AM PST by himno hero
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Y’know what? It offends me to be forced to watch some woman covered from head to toe with a burka, too, but no one puts an end to that in this country. It offends me to look at pictures of Mao on the Christmas tree in my country’s capital. It offends me to see the man posing as President refuse to show respect for our nation’s flag. So when can we put a stop to all the things that offend me, or does that only apply to country-hating, God-hating goose-stepping jackboots?


16 posted on 12/23/2009 8:40:53 AM PST by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: SmartInsight

That’s not a Christmas angel, it’s a Christmas Atheist with a tree stuck up his a....


17 posted on 12/23/2009 8:41:36 AM PST by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: SmartInsight
angel_starirv_sutley


Offensive? The one on the left or the right?
18 posted on 12/23/2009 8:45:43 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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That say "once a Marine, always a Marine," but as an old Fly Boy Nam Vet, I would take exception to this turd in a punch bowl!

If one wants to believe--or not--is besides the issue

That he or anyone would go so far as to impose their non-beliefs on 80% of the rest of us, is an abomination and goes to the heart of the non-believers' intolerance!"

IT'S THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Apologies to all other Marines

19 posted on 12/23/2009 8:45:59 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: TaxPayer2000

He looks like an angry pri*k. Hope he takes a dirt nap soon.


20 posted on 12/23/2009 8:49:56 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan.....a Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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