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Chase orders Southlake bank to remove Christmas tree (because it could offend people)
Star Telegram ^ | 12/03/2010 | Terry Evans

Posted on 12/03/2010 8:04:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind

SOUTHLAKE -- Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people.

Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700 E. Southlake Boulevard as a favor to the branch manager, who is one of his clients.

The tree remained in the lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. Morales said his friend called him Wednesday to tell him the tree had to go. She later showed him an e-mail from JPMorgan Chase saying that the tree had to be removed because some people were offended by it.

The bank referred questions to corporate offices.

Greg Hassell, a JPMorgan Chase spokesman, said that the company's policy isn't anti-Christmas. "People wish their customers merry Christmas when it's appropriate," he said.

However, to ensure that everyone who visits Chase branches feels welcome and comfortable, the bank's policy is to use only decorations supplied by the company.

"We appreciate the thoughtful gesture from Mr. Morales," Hassell said. "Unfortunately, we're unable to keep it [the tree] on display for the remainder of the holiday season." JPMorgan Chase ensures that decorations are "something everyone is comfortable with, regardless of how they celebrate the season," Hassell said.

But others see the tree as a symbol of the season.

A spokeswoman at Trinity Bank in Fort Worth said it has had a tree in its lobby since the Friday after Thanksgiving.

"I've been in this business more than 30 years, and every place I've worked we've put up a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving," said Linda Robertson, assistant vice president.

Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, called Chase's decision absurd.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: acorn; athiests; bank; chase; chasebank; christmas; christmastree; jpmorganchase; madoff; obama; offend; waronchristmas
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1 posted on 12/03/2010 8:05:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good old Chase friends of Acorn, Obama, Madoff and Athiests

Top Contributors

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=n00009638

Perhaps JPMorgan Chase had more to do with Bernie Madoff than Jamie Dimon would like to admit.

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/jpmorgan-and-madoff-tighter-than-you-thought/

JPMorgan Chase Asked to Stop Funding ACORN

http://nlpc.org/stories/2009/09/15/jpmorgan-chase-asked-stop-funding-acorn


2 posted on 12/03/2010 8:09:50 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: SeekAndFind

We have to get rid of these Pine Forests!!!


3 posted on 12/03/2010 8:11:06 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m offended that they removed the Christmas tree.


4 posted on 12/03/2010 8:15:46 AM PST by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But they’ll bend over backwards to promote Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr ...


5 posted on 12/03/2010 8:16:21 AM PST by ReverendJames (Just A Newbie)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s more a fear of who it may offend


6 posted on 12/03/2010 8:17:45 AM PST by fml
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To: SeekAndFind

People should remove their money from that branch.


8 posted on 12/03/2010 8:40:42 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

Anyone who banks with Chase or BA are enemies of the state and not patriots besides.


9 posted on 12/03/2010 8:44:11 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (The American Revolution is just as unpopular with statists today as it was at our founding.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would like to see the expressions on the faces of these atheists when they meet the Living God.


10 posted on 12/03/2010 8:46:13 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: SeekAndFind
It might offend the 1% Richard Dawkins followers.

Don't worry about the other 99% that are mostly Christians....

11 posted on 12/03/2010 8:46:30 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Sacajaweau
*We have to get rid of these Pine Forests!!!*

“We have to get rid of the Earth and all life.
because it reminds atheists that none of these things are possible without God.”
~Brought to you by VHEMT, some of the AGW crowd, Bill Maher(?), Al Gore (?), and Michael Moore (on second thought that would destroy Twinkies).

I hope they never take my advice seriously and push the button!

12 posted on 12/03/2010 8:52:12 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: SeekAndFind

The most intolerant people on the face of the Earth are muslims and liberals.


13 posted on 12/03/2010 8:55:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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This is probably being handled on a case by case basis. I work across the street from the Chase bank building in downtown Dallas; they have a huge Christmas display every year.


14 posted on 12/03/2010 9:01:12 AM PST by kildak
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To: AZLiberty

RE: I’m offended that they removed the Christmas tree.


I am too. I suspect there are more of us than them, but for some bizzare reason, the minority always gets their way in this country tp the detriment of the majority.


15 posted on 12/03/2010 9:01:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The thing is, Southlake is about as WASP as it gets. We’re not talking about Dearborn, Michigan here.


16 posted on 12/03/2010 9:02:24 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: dfwgator

TEXAS?


17 posted on 12/03/2010 9:05:06 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure a majority of people would be offended that the tree was removed. We are witnessing tyranny by a minority, the opposite of democracy.


18 posted on 12/03/2010 9:18:53 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: SeekAndFind
Did the tree look like this?

and was it donated by this guy?

19 posted on 12/03/2010 9:20:02 AM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: MisterHarrison

“...a festivus pole....”

Ahh, Festivus!!!! Almost time for the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”!!!!


20 posted on 12/03/2010 9:35:07 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is offensive that someone in that corporation considers my beliefs must be hidden because they are potentially offensive

When we tell Christian kids their displays must be removed because someone may be offended by them, what does that tell them about their beliefs?

has anyone ever ordered a menorah or kwanzaa or eid display removed because someone considers it offensive?

Time to start testing the waters


21 posted on 12/03/2010 9:37:59 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: SeekAndFind
Will someone please explain to me why “SOMEone” who “MIGHT” be offended counts more than we Christians who ARE offended by the attack on Christmas?

WE are ‘someones’ too and we are OFFENDED by the LACK of Christmas symbols at Christmas -

22 posted on 12/03/2010 9:54:19 AM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: SeekAndFind

It offends me that they took it down. Put it back up!


23 posted on 12/03/2010 9:55:50 AM PST by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: maine-iac7

There will come a time when someone WILL BE OFFENDED by the mere celebration of Christmas as a Holiday.

Inch by inch, centimeter by centimeter, the liberal/atheist camel is sticking its nose in the tent, until it takes over the entire tent ( if we allow it to ).


24 posted on 12/03/2010 10:00:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Chase has offended this Christian.


25 posted on 12/03/2010 10:02:38 AM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: MisterHarrison

RE: they could have replaced it with a festivus pole.

For those who don’t watch Seinfeld....

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld as part of a comical storyline on the show.

The holiday’s celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labelling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”

Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as “Festivus for the rest of us,” a saying taken from the O’Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus as “another way” to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism.

Create your own Holiday without taking offense at others.


26 posted on 12/03/2010 10:03:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What a crock of horsesh*t. Until people stand up to this crap there is no hope for this country. I deliberately put a nativity scene out in front of our business this year. I dare someone to complain. I DARE THEM.


27 posted on 12/03/2010 10:11:17 AM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: SeekAndFind

he minority always gets their way in this country tp the detriment of the majority.

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Gee I wonder why. That’s a no brainer. The minority has balls, the majority caves like wimps. Disgusting. I’m out of here for a while before I say things I will regret.


28 posted on 12/03/2010 10:13:33 AM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: SeekAndFind

What are the appropriate decorations that are supplied by the “Company”?
It’s Christmas you heathens. Leave us alone & wallow in your own misery.


29 posted on 12/03/2010 10:18:05 AM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: SeekAndFind

>> However, to ensure that everyone who visits Chase branches feels welcome and comfortable,

That’s really a BS excuse. The tree, which is effectively a holiday tree, and not exactly a Nativity scene, could have had a sign displayed along side showing the donation. WAMU used to do things like this which was welcome by the community. Once Chase took over, needless to say the warmth had cooled off.

From a business perspective, I imagine Chase garners more contempt than gratitude on this issue. It concedes to the imaginary demands a few, ignoring the festive joy shared by the many. Lame PC crap.

Expect corporate policy that bans any reference to Christianity to follow. Chase wouldn’t want to risk another PR flop like this in the future.


30 posted on 12/03/2010 10:20:36 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: fml
It’s more a fear of who it may offend.

Mark Steyn had a beautiful/appropriate term for such attitudes - he called ir "pre-emptive cringing". Love that guy!

31 posted on 12/03/2010 10:32:39 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should have said “the tree was an air freshener”.
Call Chase and pull your accounts.


32 posted on 12/03/2010 10:38:02 AM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those international bankers in New York don’t understand doing business in the South. Chase has been going downhill since they pulled down the Texas Commerce signs.


33 posted on 12/03/2010 11:41:31 AM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35
All right, how do I go about getting the address of Chase Corporate offices? Never done that.
Although my VISA card is processed by Chase, their incompetent internet site has had me seriously thinking about changing VISA providers.
34 posted on 12/03/2010 12:22:25 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: peteyd

Any suggestions on where to put the money. This appeasement to the secularists really bothers me and I may very well pull my account.


35 posted on 12/03/2010 12:58:57 PM PST by Bamanot
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To: reagan_fanatic

They share a lot in common.


36 posted on 12/03/2010 2:12:05 PM PST by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies.)
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To: AZLiberty

I’d love to see the Salvation Army kettle, and the Salvation Army rep ringing the bell, with a display of a small Christmas tree, in front of a Chase facility.

I would email and call that Chase employee, or your local Chase facility, and let him know you are taking your business elsewhere...even if you have no business with them. Give them some grief and second thoughts.

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone!


37 posted on 12/03/2010 2:13:00 PM PST by itssme
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To: SeekAndFind

JP Morgan Chase is a member of the Ruling Class. New World Order and New Age


38 posted on 12/03/2010 2:16:46 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Bamanot

http://banktracker.investigativereportingworkshop.org/banks/

http://www.ncua.gov/DataServices/FindCU.aspx

Here are two sources that I used when our bank got sucked up by the old Indymac.

Just understand that the banks that got TARP money use accounting rules that makes them look good, hiding all their bad debts. I did not consider them as a standard in my search because their numbers are bogus.


39 posted on 12/03/2010 2:30:32 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: SeekAndFind
in the meantime, every Christain aught to double their Christmas/Christ decorations in front of their houses - drive the atheists wild as they drive anywhere = Christmas EVERYwhere -

We still have the right to display in front of our houses and our churches and any businesses with people of conviction.

Spread Christmas everywhere = and whenever we go into a business, if they are playing Christmas music, speak to the manager and tell how appreciative you are - and that you will spread the word that this is where our Christmas $$ should be spent.

If NO Christmas music, speak to management. First ask: WHY?
If it's because ‘someone might be offended” - let know YOU are offended and say, WE don't spend Christmas money where Christmas is ignored.
I've done this, successfully - First, if I hear there is no Christmas music, I FIRST fill up a cart with expensive goods - and THEN talk to a manager and THEN - push the cart towards them - gently now! - and say,”Well, obviously, you aren't celebrating Christmas. I'll find a place that is to spend my Christmas money.”

Then smile and say, as you are leaving: “Merry Christmas”

40 posted on 12/03/2010 2:35:45 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: SeekAndFind

chase is only good for nothing.... I boycotted them a while ago.... America-haters need not apply for my business.


41 posted on 12/03/2010 2:45:32 PM PST by bareford101 (For me, there is no difference in a tolerant, open mind and a cess pool. Both are open to filth.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
I find keeping money in any Chase branch offensive, and I wish you Chase customers would quit offending me and empty your accounts.

Thank you.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

42 posted on 12/03/2010 2:50:05 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This has nothing to do with someone might be offended.

The simplest explanation is often the correct one.

This is a matter of a Christian hater in a position of power who got the chance to express that hatred while hiding behind a bunch of BS.

I would bet a homosexual drug addict.

43 posted on 12/03/2010 2:51:17 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Eliminate the hostile artillery.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

RE: I would bet a homosexual drug addict.


Wow, I’d like to know how such a person gets to have so much decision making power at a giant company like JP organ Chase.

I thought they screen employees for drugs before they hire them...


44 posted on 12/03/2010 3:08:19 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: kildak
the Chase bank building in downtown Dallas; they have a huge Christmas display every year.

Christmas or a 'Holiday' display?

45 posted on 12/03/2010 3:13:40 PM PST by Citizen X_Area 51 (Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. -- Mark Twain)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Conversely, maybe someone who bows toward Mecca.


46 posted on 12/03/2010 3:21:21 PM PST by DoorGunner
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To: Publius6961

Looks like the BankOne location was the survivor, although on the history list, it shows Chemical as the original bank, and they still use the Chemical Insurance Cert # 628.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association has been FDIC insured since January 1, 1934.
It was established on January 1, 1824.
Its main office (headquarters) is located at:
1111 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, Ohio 43240
County of Delaware

Of course, don’t expect to find any of the top execs there. The Holding Company is in NYC.

1039502 JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. New York NY HC


47 posted on 12/03/2010 4:19:51 PM PST by PAR35
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To: SeekAndFind

Hope Chase takes this to its logical conclusion and makes sure that branch is open on Christmas Day. (Yeah, I know it’s a Saturday, but they need to make the point that it’s just another day to them, right?)


48 posted on 12/03/2010 5:57:53 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: dfwgator

Then it was probably atheists complaining, not muzzies.


49 posted on 12/03/2010 7:50:57 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: SeekAndFind

- I thought they screen employees for drugs before they hire them...

And after they hire them?


50 posted on 12/03/2010 11:18:28 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Eliminate the hostile artillery.)
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