Our Choice City
It is true that Northern Colorado does not offer much in the way of diversity?
Fort Collins likes to claim that they are the “Choice City,” but what choice is there? Apparently being in Fort Collins requires you to be Christian or accept the fact that they are not open to diversity of any kind and to be happy with the idea of a Christmas tree as a secular decoration. The idea that a Christmas tree is secular is absurd. The city’s attorneys claim that a menorah is religious, but in fact it is a Jewish symbol of history and triumph, really has nothing to do with religion. Just because Mr. Kastein is comfortable saying “Merry Christmas” doesn’t mean we all are. Our community needs to realize that there are others living here who do not celebrate Christmas. Displaying a menorah would help in raising awareness of other cultures that live in this society and perhaps lessen the ignorance that many in our community have.
There are Christmas trees and Santas displayed all over town. Is it really too much to ask for a symbol to represent a miraculous time in history? It is time for Fort Collins city council members to open their minds just a little and realize we are not living up to our slogan of being the choice city, but more fittingly, the city of exclusion.