We’re sure that this is what Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky is saying to himself after the fiasco (which SEA-TAC is finally reversing) in which the Rabbi threatened to sue the airport for not including a menorah with the Christmas trees at the airport. The airport, of course, responded by ordering the removal of the trees, which resulted in an uproar.
Jewish leaders would do themselves many favours if they would make a few well placed phone calls to Christian ones (not the liberals!) before they threaten to take this kind of action. Any self-respecting evangelical would not only love to see a menorah in the airport, they might even help pay for it. As we noted last year, Jewish symbolism is quite the thing amongst evangelicals these days. Besides, a menorah has much stronger religious symbolism than a Christmas tree any day of the week. (Use of the evergreen as a symbol of eternal life is Masonic, in case you didn’t know.)
The Rabbi’s reaction points to a central problem, even amongst the orthodox: many Jews reflexively believe that the “Christian culture” around them always wants to persecute them, so their default reaction is to want to secularise it. By now it should be obvious that the interest of neither Jew nor Christian is served by this kind of thing. In the UK, even Muslims are stirring about supporting a religious celebration of Christmas along with Christian. And why not, with verses from the Qu’ran such as this:
When the angels said, ‘O Mary, ALLAH gives thee glad tidings of a son through a word from HIM; his name shall be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the next, and of those who are granted nearness to God; ‘And he shall speak to the people in the cradle, and when of middle age, and he shall be of the righteous. She said, ‘My Lord, how shall I have a son, when no man has touch me? He said, ‘Such is the way of ALLAH. HE creates what HE pleases. When HE decrees a thing HE says to it ‘Be,’ and it is; (Sura 3:45-47)
That’s more than most liberals can manage!