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U.N. bans Christmas in Copenhagen

Christmas Tree in Denmark
Fir trees are grown in abundance in Denmark, so availability was not the issue.

After all, Christmas has been celebrated there since the 17th century. These days the Nordmann Fir is a favorite of Christmas decorators everywhere, at least according to the Danish Growers Assn.

And the nurturing fir trees are excellent at binding carbon dioxide emissions, so message control wasn't a problem either.

But officials planning the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen -- which President Obama plans to join next week -- decided that a Christmas tree is a religious icon that would be inappropriate at a government gathering attended by officials of various religions.

To which we say, bah humbug.

The U.N. uses Christmas to sell UNICEF ornaments, along with Christmas cards. As the Examiner asked, where does the U.N. think customers will hang the ornaments -- on doorknobs?

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: A Christmas tree in Denmark. Credit: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library photo gallery of Christmas trees in different countries

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The New Holy Climate Church, pay your dispensations to them.
But showing your a follower of Christ that's a no no.

Climategate isn't going away.

So, let me get this straight. The UN has banned Christmas displays at its 'hot air' i.e. Global-warming conference in Denmark? May I suggest that no UN official should be given days off with pay for any religious holidays from now on. They should all be required to work seven days a week (even Sundays, which is a religious holiday). After all, we wouldn't want to offend someone else's religious sensibilities, would we?

What next?
I cannot help but notice that officials everywhere are trying to do away with Christmas. A Christmas tree brings such joy to a bleak winter and that is the sole purpose people started that tradition years ago. It is NOT religious!

It is bright and cheerful and something beautiful to look at during the gloomy months and gets comunities out singing and sharing the wonderful Christmas spirit with each other.
Especially in these times where people are lonely, out of jobs or just trying to make ends meet.

I buy UNICEF cards every Christmas to help support them, but this year and in the future I will be boycotting UNICEF and anything to do with them. I have forwarded this news to all my friends and family and they will be doing the same.
Such a travesty!!!

What a crying shame it has all come to this a bunch of slilly polititions crying over a Christmas tree, really our world is in much greater need to be taken care of than to argue over something like a tree. For Gods sake cant we just have our lovley Christmas in PEACE and pray for all those that have our future in their hands to PLEASE make the RIGHT decisions.

Like the Whos in Whoville, the Danish people should clasp hands in a circle around the UN building and sing "Welcome Christmas" ("Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze!" sounds a little like Danish anyway) to show that Christmas will come "just the same."

I hate to break it to all of you who reside in the group of "Horribly offended", but Christianity is not the only religion in the world. To pick one religion's iconography over many others at a global gathering is just idiotic. This is not an attack on freaking Christmas. This is a body of global delegates showing respect for each other's practices by not highlighting one as the "end all, be all" of holiday symbology.

I mean, if you really want to get into it, the Christmas tree isn't even originally a Christian symbol anyway. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call appropriation.

Regardless what you think about its origin, no one is stopping you from putting up your own Christmas tree, no one is saying religion isn't important, no one is saying holidays shouldn't be celebrated... No One is forcing you to light a Kinara or Menorah instead! Quit your whining! You're not the center of the universe. Man... and they say lefties are over-sensitive.

You can't say Christmas without saying Christ and that is why we have Christmas to celebrate the birth of the Son of God that died for the sins of the world. The U.N. needs to get a life. I will never step back on my Christian faith to allow or please some other religion that doesn't believe in Christmas. Jesus - the Reason for the Season.

OK Barrack Obama let's make a a deal, you can ban Christmas, but how about banning idiotic stupidity coming out from the White House and your mouth?

People who are free need a moral cumpus to guide and see them through,
they can not live alone they will either serve God or serve the state!!!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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