The Christmas sign was too offensive so Philly officials removed it.
Crews remove the word “Christmas” from the sign at Dilworth Plaza. (Philly.com)
Crews were forced to remove the Christmas Village sign and replace it with Holiday Village after several complaints.
It was too offensive.
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But, now it’s back.
Philly Mayor Nutter put “Christmas” back on a sign where it was replaced by “holiday” over the weekend since it was a commercial enterprise and not a religious service.
Christmas is back.
Mayor Nutter, after sustaining two days of controversy, wants “Christmas” back up on the signs at the entrance to the German Christmas Village at City Hall. Nutter told PhillyClout he spoke with the village organizer and the sign should be back up by tomorrow.
Nutter said the decision came after “personal reflection” on the matter.
“We are an international, multi-ethnic, multi-faith city,” Nutter said. “I took some time to step back from all of this to think about it in a larger context.”
Nutter, who said he had nothing to do with the orignal conversations with the organizer that lead to the letters being removed, downplayed how much impact the national news coverage had on the decision. Nutter said that he felt the village was not necessarily a religious site.
“The Christmas Village is not a religious service. It’s an outdoor fair. It’s a very commercial enterprise,” Nutter said.