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First shots fired in war on Easter

Reported by Chrish - March 24, 2006

Don't worry, though; Bill O'Reilly is right on top of it. You just KNOW his staff spends their days combing the Internet for local stories that he can inflate into big public national crusades, entertaining his followers while keeping their outrage and righteous indignation directed away from the incompetent White House.

Responding to complaints from Tyrone Terrill, the city's human rights director, the city of St. Paul (SAINT Paul, crack me up) MN has disallowed Easter decorations from City Hall.

According to the Star Tribune,

Those who agreed with the decision to pull the "Happy Easter" messages kept a relatively low profile; several city employees who applauded the move asked to remain unnamed.

But those on the other side were eager to be heard.

"I'm getting very tired of this trend by some of our elected officials to stifle out everything because just one person thinks it is offensive," said John Krenik, in a posting on a St. Paul E-Democracy online forum. "So I ask, what is next? Do we drop the St. Patrick's Day Parade because it is based on religious traditions?"

By lunchtime, City Council President Kathy Lantry's office had received 50 e-mails, the majority blasting her decision Wednesday to remove a banner, bunnies and eggs that greeted visitors to the City Council offices with the words, "Happy Easter."

Likewise, Human Rights Director Tyrone Terrill's voice mail was full and his office was barely keeping pace with the flood of e-mails, many of them hate-filled. Terrill had sent Lantry an e-mail saying "it would be a good thing" to take down the Easter decorations because they could be offensive to non-Christians.

He may want to shut his email off for the weekend: producers for "The O'Reilly Factor" called to inquire on Thursday.

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