The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 December 2006

SeaTac Christmas Tree Removal, Talk Radio


After Airport Tree Removal, Talk Gains Momentum

Newly armed with additional evidence that the secular War On Christmas is in fact real, talk show hosts across the country zoomed in on an incident that occurred over the weekend at SeaTac Airport in Washington State.

From Rush Limbaugh to Boston's Howie Carr and others from one coast to another, talkers jumped on the issue right out of the gate today.

In case you've been living under a rock, you should know that the Port of Seattle abruptly removed a number of "holiday trees" in view at the airport after a rabbi demanded that a giant menorah be added to the display. Instead of granting his wish, port officials yanked every last holiday symbol from the concourses.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, the man who lodged the original complaint, seems now to have changed his stance somewhat, saying that taking down the trees was unnecessary. That seems to differ a bit from his previous threats of legal action. It should be noted that Bogomilsky is associated with a Jewish religious foundation based in Seattle's ultra- radical University District.

From KING- 5 TV, here's the latest on the flap:

SEATAC, Wash. - All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a rabbi had requested.

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, who made his request weeks ago, said he was appalled by the decision.

"Everyone should have their spirit of the holiday. For many people the trees are the spirit of the holidays, and adding a menorah adds light to the season," said Bogomilsky, who works at Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish education foundation headquartered in Seattle's University District.

After consulting with lawyers, port staff believed that adding the menorah would have required adding symbols for other religions and cultures in the Northwest. The holidays are the busiest season at the airport, Betancourt said, and staff didn't have time to play cultural anthropologists.

Maintenance workers boxed up the trees during the graveyard shift early Saturday, when airport bosses believed few people would notice.

"We decided to take the trees down because we didn't want to be exclusive," said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt.

"We're trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year."

More than just underscoring the real truth behind the ongoing effort to wipe out every last sign of Christmas from public view, it shines a rare national spotlight on the politics of extremism that have enveloped the Seattle area.

Now, with a growing national backlast against the port's ill- considered move, it will be interesting to see if the airport relents and returns the trees to their previous public positions.

UPDATE: Rush's transcript on the topic is found here. SeaTac workers defy ban.

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  • It wasn't a secularist who raised the stink but a religious whack job. Religious whack jobs from all branches of religion are the problem.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 11 December, 2006 16:34  

  • No, people like you elmonica are the problem.

    By Blogger CowboyBebop, at 11 December, 2006 17:08  

  • It's the S-Ps like elmonica, indeed, that are the problem. They'll accept religion--SO LONG AS IT ISN'T CHRISTIANITY!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 11 December, 2006 17:37  

  • Excuse me, but the rabbi is associated with Chabad-Lubavitch, an extreme RIGHT WING Zionist Hasidic Jewish movement, with strong ties to the Bush Crime Family.

    The majority of Lubavitchers also follow the teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane, who founded the Jewish Defense League in the 1960s, committed several bombings and several murders in the United States, and started the Kahane Chai and Kach political parties. Kach was banned by the State of Israel and, to this day, the Kahanist terror groups remain on the US State Department terror watch list.

    So don't even TRY to associate this disgusting rabbi's attempts to blackmail the airport into installing one of Chabad's flashy, tasteless, gargantuan menorahs that ARE a religious symbols, by threatening the presence of Christmas trees, which are a SECULAR symbol of the Christmas season.

    And, Patriot World, please wait for the little yellow bus quietly. It's not our fault your mother hasn't bought you your RAV4 yet....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 11 December, 2006 20:59  

  • The (Pagan inspired) Christmas trees are going back up as of the time of this post.

    By Blogger Robert, at 11 December, 2006 23:31  

  • I guess this just goes to show that, in a country of 300,000,000, it's possible to find bizarre, aberrant instances that can be massaged into shape to support just about any thesis.

    And when will you give any attention to the all-too-successful war on Saturnalia?!

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 12 December, 2006 00:14  

  • Amazing that you right wingnuts are so disconnected from reality (See: Election 2006) that you don't realize that your hideous trumped-up War on Christmas is a national laughingstock self-parody.

    I am sorry for the pain it causes to America's Jewish citizens, but it is good for them to have an unobstructed view of your true sick pathetic nature.

    I remember when the local fundies started fawning over Jews, I was taken aback since they had previously regarded Jews as shylocks if not worse. They explained to me with that sickeningly sweet midwestern earnestness: "Oh, the Jeeewwwws are still not goin to heaven with us, but pastor sez we have to help them to hurry up the rapture. When our Lord come down on the golden staircase, we will have to say sorry but you can't come since you don't believe...."

    And of course now when I visit my fundie family, it doesn' take long before they speak in hushed voices about the need to kill off the Arabs before they kill us.

    Travel the world and you will be shocked to find that the world views our redneck Jesus Freaks with much greater contempt and worry than any other religion. And its because of you disgusting fat redneck bigots who congregate here like vampires needing a blood feast.

    Die, morbid obeasties!

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 12 December, 2006 00:23  

  • Hash - Do your research. The Lubavich movement is an messianic ultra-orthodox Hasidim subsect of Judaism, but has no formal or informal connection with Kahane'Chai, save for the fact that both movements were ultra-Orthodox, and find most of their adherents outside of Israel. However, their approach to politics regarding Israel is more Kumbaya than anything else, and certainly nowhere close to the Kahane'Chai approach to things, as you allege.

    Stating that the Chabad Lubavich movement is aligned with Kahane'Chai is kinda like saying that you, hashfanatic, as a liberal, follow the teachings of Stalin and Pol Pot and Che Guevara.

    As to the connections to the "Bush crime family," got any evidence to back that up, or are you just gonna try to let that one sneak across?

    Greg - when you travel the world and talk to all these people who are so alarmed at the fundies here in the states, do you tell them that your family is comprised of those selfsame fundies?

    Or are you just utterly full of shit and have nowhere else to dump it but here?

    By Blogger JD, at 12 December, 2006 02:35  

  • Uh, JD, maybe YOU need to do your research first...

    Do you deny that the psychotic President Bush, who frequently entertains Chabad emissaries in the White House, indeed has been seen carrying around his own copy of the Shulchan Aruch and considers Lubavitch his favorite "flavor" of Judaism?

    Do you deny that a substantial number of Kahanists who "frum" out hold to the fraudulent teachings of the late Menachem Mendel Schneerson and his cult?

    Do you deny the "Seven Noachide Laws", which they claim all non-Jews must adhere to, after renouncing Jesus Christ?

    HA! Another dumbass rightwinger who can pontificate about imaginary "Islamofascists" till they're blue in the face, but knows little or nothing of the forces that govern your own pathetic lives...

    You filthy, lying, traitorous scum, do you deny the HIGH CRIMES and MISDEMEANORS of the lowlife, degenerate members of the Bush Crime Family?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 12 December, 2006 05:58  

  • Hash,

    You are just a whack-job yourself. Seek therapy, boy.

    By Blogger PCD, at 12 December, 2006 08:43  

  • What i want to know is how is Oriley going to spin his war on Christmas story here, when a Jewish individual started the anti-christmas tree scenerio here, and not a "god hating ACLU liberal"??? Does not fit the RNC playbook. As far as the Lubavitch, most orthodox Jews can not stand them and think they are "cultists". I work in the Jewish community

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 12 December, 2006 10:15  

  • Simple, MOP. The story will just quietly "disappear"....

    And, yes, the Chabadniks are the most despised chassidus in the frum world, because of all the proselytizing, the hushed-up scandals and abuses, just general viciousness and greed, and worship of the Rebbe as Moshiach.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 12 December, 2006 13:56  

  • Hash - you've been talking to The Strawman too much. A nicely fevered diatribe does not constitute evidence.

    Not that anyone here would actually expect you to come up with anything to back up your tripe. In that, you and The Strawman have been running neck-and-neck of late.

    By Blogger JD, at 13 December, 2006 22:22  

  • Everything I've stated here regarding Chabad is true.

    It is you, JD, who is attempting to "revise history" by glossing over the threat that Chabad poses to the vast majority of Americans, and an average American's way of life.

    Just because some half-baked Chabadnik shluchim wants to use shyster tactics to ram the garish, vulgar relics of his gutter religion down the throats of the city of Seattle does not mean that the people of Seattle are in any way obligated to accept it.

    One can only hope that this whole episode will provoke the same sort of open, frank discussion on the American street of whether or not the neocons are trading their fears of "dhimmitude" in for the equally nightmarish fate of a Noachide under a fundamentalist interpretation of halachic law, as the "goyim".

    In short, the US must stop subsidizing Israel, stop supporting the Zionist terror machine, and reestablish parameters with its neocon elite.

    The US must stop enabling the wholesale slaughter of the Muslim people. It is antithecal to Christ's teachings, and basic human decency.

    The US must stand up to Zionism and trade in Jewish antagonism and genocide of the Arab world for a better way (as virtually every civilized nation has exhorted us to do).

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 13 December, 2006 23:41  

  • "Greg - when you travel the world and talk to all these people who are so alarmed at the fundies here in the states, do you tell them that your family is comprised of those selfsame fundies?

    Or are you just utterly full of shit and have nowhere else to dump it but here?"

    Who is a better authority on the redneck Jesus Freak base of the GOP than someone with family who includes them? I'm glad to trade information with anyone concerned about such a threat to the world as the 30% of Americans who are praying for their hero George Bush to bring on the Armageddon. But I learn just as much from those in Europe who have not been censored from knowing the grim truth of how America lost its democracy to lowest common denominator rednecks (i.e. YOU!).

    I've got a lot more to dump if you'll open your mouth.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 14 December, 2006 00:05  

  • Good for you, Greg. JD is just pushy, nosy, crafty, and conniving, like so many of his ilk are.

    Good for you for standing up, Greg. We don't have to allow ourselves to be consumed by their filth.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 14 December, 2006 00:15  


    Will the Lights Go Out on the National Christmas Tree, Too?

    This year, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, near my home town of Seattle, there will be no Christmas. A twelve-member holiday decorations advisory committee of religious, academic, legal and business leaders has put an end to it. The commission mandated that decorations would "reflect the Pacific Northwest environment and our diverse community, and convey universal values, such as peace and harmony."

    So what will you see at Seattle's airport in December, 2007? A grove of birch trees hung with mirrors to reflect colored lights, surrounded by artificial snow. Above the trees will be a flock of migrating birds cut out of foam.

    Isn't it wonderful?

    Political correctness is destroying our most cherished Christmas traditions. Our children are losing an important part of their American heritage. Unless we do something now, our children will live in a sterile world of "holiday" presents, "holiday" trees, "holiday" cookies, "winter" school concerts, and "winter" school breaks. Imagine a world in which our children watch the classic 1947 movie, "Miracle on 34th Street," and upon hearing the store clerks say "Merry Christmas" to customers, they think of it as just an outdated and quaint custom. Is that really what we want in America?

    My name is Michael Class. I live in the Seattle area with my wife and two children. I am a retired "dot-com" executive who just couldn't sit by and let the mis-education of America's youth go unchallenged anymore. I'm tired of seeing America's next generation being fed a curriculum of politically-correct misinformation, guilt, and shame. I decided to do something about it.

    I wrote, photographed, and published an American history book designed to set the record straight, to teach the real lessons of American history, and to prepare our children for the future. My book is called Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame.

    In the book, my real-life son, twelve-year-old Anthony, time-travels into the great events of the 20th Century. Advanced digital photography places Anthony in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, and on Normandy beach on D-Day. Anthony "meets" and "talks with" Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, FDR, Lou Gehrig, Charles Lindbergh, Audie Murphy, and many others. But historical accuracy rules every page of Anthony's adventure in time: Anthony’s conversations with America’s heroes are based on things they really said. My Web site,, displays some of the book's amazing photographs.

    But the book goes beyond dazzling photography and solid historical facts: The book presents the moral lessons of American history. Anthony learns valuable lessons from what he sees in the past. Anthony compares the people and events of the past with the people and events of his own time. Anthony discusses the nature of good and evil, right and wrong, war and peace, what it means to be an American, honor and discipline, success and achievement, courage and destiny, marriage and family, God and purpose.

    The chapter about Lindbergh’s flight is really about choosing one’s destiny. The story of Lou Gehrig is really about living a virtuous life. The chapter about Thomas Edison is really about the benefits of business leadership and hard work. The story of Apollo 11 is about wonder, taking risks, and courage. The story of Dr. Jonas Salk is really about dedicating one’s life to a higher purpose. When Anthony meets his immigrant great-grandfather at Ellis Island, it’s really a story about what it means to be an American. Anthony’s observation of D-Day and the liberation of the death camps during the Holocaust is a testament to the reality of evil and the need to fight it.

    The book is written for kids in Grade 6 to Grade 12, and for parents and teachers who want to remember the truth.

    In Chapter 9 of the book, Anthony makes this comment about the modern day: "In my time, lawyers take Christ out of Christmas and make it just another Happy Holiday."

    Anthony is right.

    Every year, there are new efforts to expunge Christ from Christmas, and to remove all mentions of God from public discourse, government buildings, government oaths, American currency, and the Pledge of Allegiance. It's an assault on our American heritage, and our children are the losers. Last year a local public elementary school replaced it's Christmas tree with a "giving" tree, and then even that was replaced with a "giving" counter!

    And yet: Christmas is a federal holiday! And, every Christmas season, the President of the United States lights the National Christmas Tree on the White House Lawn!

    When the lights go out on the National Christmas Tree, what will our country be like? Is it the country we want to live in?

    Remember, the truth is that for more than two hundred years, Americans have trusted in God to guide them and protect them. The evidence is everywhere, and even inscribed in stone!

    Here are just a few examples:

    "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God." That was President Abraham Lincoln speaking to the American people in 1863.

    "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" That was Thomas Jefferson in 1776. His words are inscribed in stone at his memorial in Washington, DC.

    "It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, and to be grateful for his benefits." That was President George Washington in 1789.

    "And this be our motto: In God is our trust." That is the fourth stanza of the National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.

    We must preserve the best of American culture and traditions for our children and grandchildren. We must not forget who we are. This year, say "Merry Christmas" to your fellow Americans: It's an all-inclusive message of God's love for every man, woman, and child.

    Truth can not be denied. Christmas is a good time to remember that.

    So, when the President of the United States lights the national Christmas Tree on the White House lawn later this month, say Merry Christmas! And thank God.

    Merry Christmas!

    (You can read more about why I wrote the book here:

    Michael S. Class
    Author / Photographer / Publisher


    Web Site:

    By Blogger Michael S. Class, at 31 October, 2007 00:09  

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