A confounding Christmas mystery has returned to Redmond, Washington, with residents and local leaders once again surprised to find signs popping up around town that read, "It's OK To Say Merry Christmas."
It's at least the fourth year that the green signs — which also include text from Romans 1:16, and the image of a nativity and a cross-shaped star — have enigmatically appeared in various locations, according to KOMO-TV.
Romans 1:16 reads, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile"
This year, some signs made their way outside of Redmond as well, with one placed in front of a school in Bellevue and another stationed outside Seattle City Hall. As far as the signs in Redmond, there's one next to a mosque as well as another near a U.S. post office, KOMO-TV reported.
In the past, the signs on public property have been left alone, as they are considered free speech.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Redmond Mayor John Marchione told the Redmond Reporter last year that the city had no plans of removing the messages, which a mystery individual has traditionally taken down by January 1 each year.
“The ‘It’s OK to say, Merry CHRISTMAS’ signs are a form of free speech, much like political signs,” Marchione said.
As for the signage near the mosque this holiday season, its leader said that he's not upset about it at all.
"When I look at it, personally, as well as what is written on the sign, it shouldn't bother Muslims at all," Mahmood Khadeer, president and co-founder of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, told KOMO-TV. If they would have some offensive comments on it, something like that, then I should be worried about it."
But Khadeer said that the sign simply defends saying "Merry Christmas," which he said is perfectly fine.
The signs appear to be an ongoing attempt to encourage citizens to abandon more generic season’s greetings like “Happy Holidays.”
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