War On Christmas: A Maryland Reader Reports Peasants Fighting Back
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Santa Skeleton From: Paul Mendez [Email him]

Peasants are  fighting back in the War on Christmas:

Mary Czarnecki was in the women’s locker room at the Ida Lee Park Rec Center in Leesburg last Monday when she first heard about it: A skeleton wearing a Santa suit, draped over a cross, on the front lawn of the Loudoun County courthouse. ....Rather than rip it to the ground, she carefully picked Santa and the suit off the cross and laid it down piece by piece. As she did, she thought to herself, “This is awful. Everybody knows this is awful. Is there any question it’s inappropriate.” [Loudoun’s ‘Skeleton Santa’ dismantler speaks, The Washington Post, December 13, 2011]

But we still lose some...

Post Office to Christmas carolers: Please leave,  By Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, December 13, 2011

Here is a separation of church and state question to ponder 12 days before Christmas: Should carolers be allowed to belt tunes inside a post office?
No carolers allowed to belt tunes in a post office.

In Silver Spring, the answer is: No.

The Internet is bursting with reports of carolers who were summarily tossed out of a post office in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center this past weekend. J.P. Duffy, who works for the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group, witnessed the toss out and blogged about it.

Describing the scene, Duffy wrote: “The gentleman of the group wore a top hat and the ladies were arrayed with shawls and bonnets. Dickens would be proud.”

Duffy continued: “They were only a few notes into their carol when suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw a scowling postal manager rushing to confront the carolers. He angrily told them that they had to leave immediately because they were ‘violating the post office’s policy against solicitation.’”

The manager was booed. Still, out went the carolers.[More]

Previous letters  from Paul Mendez dealt with Maryland immigration issues.

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