Rabbi Protests Decision To Ban Menorah Display At Evergreen Lake House

EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – An Evergreen rabbi is protesting a decision to ban a menorah from being displayed at a local park.

In past years a menorah was put up on the Evergreen Lake House, but this year the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District decided against the display.

The property is owned by the City and County of Denver, but it is managed by Evergreen Parks and Rec. Although Evergreen’s policy is that only non-denominational displays are allowed on public property, an exception was made for holiday lights and a menorah since they had been there in previous years.

The exception is why some members of the Jewish community, including Evergreen Rabbi Levi Brackman, don’t understand why a menorah is being banned this year.

The Evergreen Parks and Recreation District says it’s changing the policy. Since the property doesn’t belong to it, the board never had the authority to make rules or exceptions. The new rules will be consistent with the City and County of Denver that don’t allow symbols or displays specific to any one religion on public property.

“I actually call upon the mayor of Denver to get involved here and say this is ludicrous. Denver should not be dictating policy in Evergreen, and neither should Denver want to dictate policy in Evergreen,” Brackman said. “I think Denver should move out and say, ‘We leased you the property, you make the decisions.’ ”

“Really we should never have had a policy that allows an exemption for one religious display and not all, and particularly on this site that is owned by the City and County of Denver,” Scott Robson with Evergreen Parks and Recreation said. “Our previous board never had the authority to grant an exception around the menorah specifically.”

There is a large tree with colored, holiday lights on the Lake House property. But Denver approved the colored lights, saying they’re not specific to any one religion and consistent with the rules.

  • Sparky

    Well its official, the idiotic holiday display complainers have now gone full circle. I can recsll the JDL (Jewish Defense League), calling out various cities for Christian displays and many cities retreated and ended the practice….now the Jewish community gets a taste of what the majority of Americans have already been denied.

    • Migrant3

      If they can ban the Menorah today, they can ban the Christmas tree next year. Don’t let your glee get the best of you.

      • timothy

        Where have you been, that has already happened. Equal treatment under the law , even if abused by those misrepresenting the true spirit of the law, outs us all in the same boat. Those religions that use nature as their Gods and athiests who have no Gods…how do we get them into this fairness thing? White rooms with padding?

      • Vickie

        They already ban Christmas trees. They call them “Holiday Trees” or “Trees”. And it’s a “Festival of Lights” courtesy of Atheists and I am sorry to say Jews. After the Devil eliminates Christmas, don’t be surprised when he turns on Hanukkah.

  • uskam44

    Freedom OF religion, not FROM religion. Cheez, you’d think people would learn their history! By the way, I’m not Jewish.

  • Ted

    What applies to all, means all. Just because you whine, complain and demand loudly doesn’t mean you get what is denied others.

  • RBW

    I am stunned to learn, after all these years, that an evergreen decorated with colored lights in December is NOT a Christmas tree!!!

    • Drew

      It is a winter festival tree! Get with the 21st Century LOL!

  • Migrant3

    Hitler would be proud of the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District.

  • Carole Clarke

    Why is anyone surprized – we abandoned the religious aspect of Christmas long ago, wanting only the commercial version. People say “Happy Holidays” thinking they are not being religious but the word “holiday” is a corruption of two words – “holy day” and that’s what the festivities are all about, celebrating a day made holy by the birth of what many feel was a redeeming messiah. So if you say yes to a Christian holiday then why not yes to other holy days that happened at the same time in history? If it were not for Christ’s birth there would be no holiday in December aside from Hannukah and Kwanza. Easter is also a holy day and has nothing to do with rabbits or colored eggs.

  • Pamela Smith

    I am tired of those who do not believe if God or Jesus disallowing displays of Christmas Trees or The Menorah, stop letting the minority rule and write to protest these kind of actions.
    There is nothing wrong with a Christmas Tree or a Menorah. Those with no Christian or Jewish affiliation should put their energies into something more positive than whining….

  • Jimbo

    I’m not surprised. It’s well known that Colorado is a haven for neo-nazis and white supremacists. And by the way, a menorah is just as non-denominational as a christmas tree. Most christian denominations put up christmas trees, and most jewish denominations put up menorahs.

  • Albro

    It’s quite simple: Jews dont count when considerations of discrimination are made. They’d never DARE discriminate against blacks, hispanics, even illegal immigrants. Jews, that’s different.

  • DC603

    I guess I don’t understand; why not have a menorah, a Christmas tree, AND a manger?

  • Kelbo

    Government land = no religous symbols. Pretty clear to me. If you want to do it at your business, in your home, on your front lawn, then I will help put it up. But Gov’t land should always be off limits. Period. That way no one can say any other group is getting preferential treatment…

    P.S. Winter holidays/celebrations are taken directly from pagan traditions that are 4+ thousand years old (Druids decorated trees to honor one of their gods). Easter was stolen from the festival of Eostre whoc was represented as a hare to celebrate the rebirth of spring time.

    Christians do not corner the market on these holidays… They stole the recipe.

    • Vickie

      Then put up your Stonehenge Memorial if that’s what makes you happy. Put up a monument to Charles Darwin and Thomas Pain if that’s what you want. Let us theists put up the ones we like. The solution to speech is more speech.

      This PC nonsense is making our Country a lifeless cultural desert where everyone hates each other.

  • Miguel

    We see here a band of bureaucratic gutless cowards genuflecting toward their bosses’ religion of hate, of the left, of the state-sponsored mass-murder of J. Stalin and Mao. They are acting like Very Good Germans of another socialist tyrant, Adolph Hitler..

    In case we haven’t noticed, these anti-religious government power-mongers are amassing their power over us in a thousand ways, big and small. As a JFK democrat, I believe we must vote out every democrat for at least the next thirty years.

  • Patrick

    Do a little research. Hanukkah has nothing whatsoever to do with religion. It is actually a celebration of a massacre no matter what the Jews would have you believe. Hanukkah is a celebration of a military victory and massacre against the Greek Syrians whose only crime was to be tolerant to the Jews of Jerusalem and accept them freely. Jewish leaders could not accept this because Greek tolerance and friendship posed a danger of assimilation so they massacred them! Jewish scholars teach that Hanukkah symbolizes Jewish resistance to assimilation. Hanukkah celebrations are similar to many other Jewish “holidays.”

  • Jonathan D. Lipson

    I like the way you revise History. The Assyrian Greeks captured the Temple and oppressed Jews. But nice try to deceive the ignorant. Do you revise history often?

  • http://theconservativeminddotnet.wordpress.com A Conservative Mind

    This is what happens when the Supreme Court decides to put 150 years of precedent and history and throw it out in the name of modern liberalism. http://theconservativemind.net/2011/12/23/nativityy-scene-madness/

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