Residents at The Willows, a senior adult apartment complex in Newhall, California, are outraged after management banned the presence of Christmas trees and menorahs from communal areas within the building.
A memorandum was issued to residents by B Partners Group, demanding that the Christmas tree already present in one of the shared spaces be removed, as it is considered a religious symbol. Rather than backing down and complying, two dozen residents responded with a protest rally (featuring coffee and doughnuts). The group placed a sign on the tree that reads, "Please Save Our Tree."
"We’re all angry. We want that tree," Fern Sheel, a resident at The Willows, told the Los Angeles Daily News. "Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous."
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"We could put out Easter baskets, have turkey for Thanksgiving but no tree for Christmas because it has Christ’s name in the beginning of Christmas," added Edna Johnson, another outraged resident.
Another resident, Max Greenis, is so frustrated that he's considering witholding his rent.
"I've got grandkids and they come here and now they'll ask, 'Grandpa, where's the Christmas tree?,'" he told the Daily News. "Then I'll have to explain that someone said we couldn't have one. What kind of message is that sending to the kids?"
This is the first time that the company, which has owned the building for four years, has issued such a directive. So far, B Partners Group has not responded to the furor.
(H/T: Todd Starns' Fox News)