Mrs. Arnold, a resident at Plant City Living Center in Florida, was told that federal law prohibits her from displaying any religious words or symbols associated with Christmas in the common area of her apartment building.
According to HUD, “any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas” are banned. Under the guidelines issued by HUD, the 85 year-old grandmother cannot place a small Christmas tree outside her door if it displays an angel.
If the residents want to have a Christmas party in their community room, they cannot use the word “Christmas.” Government directive demands that they use the word “Holiday.”
Every year a Sunday School class from a church located near Mrs. Arnold’s apartment hosts a hanging of the greens and a Christmas party for the elderly residents. She said the highlight of their Christmas party comes at the end of the hanging of the greens and the Christmas party for all the residents when someone places an angel on top of their Christmas tree.
The federal government is so afraid of the ACLU that it is banning Christianity from Christmas. Not only that, atheists have so much influence that the National Park Service ordered the removal of the words “Laus Deo” (Latin for “Praise be to God) from a replica of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., and the VA (Veterans Administration) banned the script of the flag-folding ceremony mentioning “Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” and the “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” at over 100 national cemeteries.
I just wonder, has anyone in congress read the first amendment which clearly states that government shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion?