A community in Florida is debating the appropriateness of a sign hosted by a local Christian church. The message sign read “Christmas — easier to spell than Hanukkah”. A local NBC news station saw the sign and ran a story about how offensive it is.
â€œIt was not really offensive, just poor taste,â€ said Alon Levkovitz, a rabbi at Temple Beth AM. â€œI really think itâ€™s the wrong message to send to their members. I am not offended by it as a Jew.â€
â€œIf the church tries to celebrate one of the most important holidays by putting down another faith, itâ€™s definitely not the spirit of Hanukkah nor Christmas,â€ he added.
Michael Butzberger, the pastor at Lighthouse Church, was surprised by the reaction.
â€œWe live in such a politically correct climate, hyper-politically correct, that people are literally searching for excuses to be offended and to be outraged,â€ said Butzberger.
Reaction from the local community is mixed.
It is interesting to see this story surface in light of the billboard raised on Times Square by American Atheists today.
Christians and Jews can offend each other in Florida but when atheists do it in Times Square nobody seems to mind and NBC isn’t there to cover the story.