TMR latest to refrain from religious decorations

The giant Christmas tree outside TMR City Hall is acceptable, but the religious symbols are out.The giant Christmas tree outside TMR City Hall is acceptable, but the religious symbols are out.

Updated: Mon Dec. 05 2011 8:29:49 AM

ctvmontreal.ca

‘Tis the season for holiday decorations – and holiday controversies.

A group of Muslims living in TMR asked town officials if Islamic symbols could be added to the holiday display at city hall.

Instead, town officials decided to remove everything except a Christmas tree.

The decision, intended to keep from offending anyone, is not sitting well with some residents.

“I think it’s dreadful,” said one TMR resident. “I was born in the town. I remember that since I was little. I don’t think they should remove that at all.”

Mayor Philippe Roy said the move was in response to a request from a local Muslim group who wanted Islamic symbols displayed at City Hall as well.

Instead of adding the religious symbols, Roy said council decided to take a different tack and remove their nativity scene and menorah.

“We talked about it and we felt it wasn’t the best place to do a religious display… at city hall,” he said.

Council gave its menorah away to a local synagogue and its nativity scene to a local church.

The move meant TMR missed an opportunity to display its inclusive attitude, said Samer Majzoub from the Canadian Muslim Forum.

“It is very shocking that they go that far to the opposite side to remove everything, instead of dealing with the issue positively,” said Majzoub.

Roy said the decision is final, and that all religions are welcome in the Town of Mount Royal, but religious symbols will stay out of City Hall.

It’s not the first case of religious sensitivity irking Quebecers this season. On Friday, Service Canada admitted it made a mistake by banning all Christmas decorations from its location at Complexe Guy Favreau. They reversed the decision and will hang Christmas decorations at the federal outlet.

 

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6 Replies to “TMR latest to refrain from religious decorations”

  1. To all the whining muslims: When Christians and Jews can display religious symbols in muslim countries, you can talk to us about inclusive attitudes.

  2. CHRISTMAS has absolutely NOTHING to do with muslims and they know it. This is simply another opportunity to force their religion down our throats. They cannot stand any religion taking precedence over (superior in their eyes) to islam in any public corner, for any reason ,it’s just not done. Don’t you know that islam reigns supreme you stupid kuffar? How dare you celebrate a pagan holiday in what is going to soon be our country?

    Tell them to shove it.

  3. I wasn’t aware that there a Moslem holiday around Christmas time, if there isn’t they need to shut up and let us enjoy the holiday.

  4. It is the holy time for Shia to flagellate themselves with chained blades surrounded by the simulated heads of Mohammeds family on sticks. Ashura, I think it is called. Get an honest Muslim to lacerate himself everyday from now till Christmas. Happy slice and dice my Shia friends!

  5. Christmas and Chanukah symbols are only displayed during these holidays in December. There is no muslim holiday at this time of the year. muslims are OUT OF LINE demanding their so-called “religious” symbols be displayed with Christmas and Chanukah symbols. This is just another example of islamic supremacism. I know TMR very well. I suspect that they did not want to risk a lawsuit or having to appear before the Canadian human rights commission. In my opinion, they should have risked it.

  6. “The move meant TMR missed an opportunity to display its inclusive attitude, said Samer Majzoub from the Canadian Muslim Forum.”

    This could be interpreted as “You missed a chance to kiss muslim butt”. Arrogant b*st*rds.

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