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Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper, Cancels Decision To Remove Merry Christmas

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In an entry of mine yesterday I brought the Mayor of Denver John Hickenlooper story up. The Mayor was planning on removing the phrase "Merry Christmas" from the city buildings and replacing it with with "Happy Holidays". Of course he made this decision on his own and didn't ask people if they wanted the change.

Well, I guess he underestimated his citizens and now has changed his decision after receiving loads of hate mail and complaints.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seeking to avoid an emotionally charged battle, the mayor reversed a decision to remove the lights spelling out "Merry Christmas" from a city holiday display.

Mayor John Hickenlooper said Thursday that his office was flooded with complaints after he announced he would remove the message next year and replace it with the inclusive "Happy Holidays."

"I didn't even think twice about it, and it's perhaps my inexperience as an elected official," said Hickenlooper, who took office last year. "To have it veer off in this other direction, where so many people felt being deprived of this tradition, was certainly not what we intended."


Authorities in Chicago did a similar about-face this week. The Chicago Transit Authority sparked an outcry when it announced it was canceling its specially decorated "holiday train" because of budget constraints.

I love how these officials decide on their own to change something and then act surprised that people actually care about culture they've lived with their whole lives. I also saw a small interview on Fox where they asked this dolt some questions about the response he's gotten and his reply was "Well I hope the people don't get me confused with Scrooge since we both have two O's in our name". Smart guy you guys have there Denver.

You can still send this guy a lump of coal just for being a dumbass at Michelle Malkins Lump Of Coal Campaign.

Oh, one other thing, I'd like to personally thank each of these blogs who pushed forward this capaign against this decision. Visit each one and leave a thank you comment, they are all not only honorable people, but have made a difference. Thanks to Michelle of course any win against Political Correctness is a win for us all!

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Posted by Digger on December 3, 2004 02:41 PM (Permalink)

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Despite our disagreement on the topic, allow me to say that Hickenlooper is, indeed, a smart man and one of the most successful businesmen in the Denver area (owner of many restaurants, properties, etc). He's also a welcome change from uber-lefty Mayor Webb, whom he defeated in 2003.

Posted by: andy on December 3, 2004 04:47 PM

While I have Conservative leanings, I don't care what someone's party is when they make an idiotic decision. I'm not a religious nut and maybe the sign is old and tired, but it seems like an after thought to mention that after he started getting ripped apart.

This is just more political correctness at work in my opinion and I'm really getting sick and tired of it.

Why is a private company making this decision, as you brought up, anyway? It's a public building and decisions like this should be made by public officials. In this case the person responsible is the mayor, you can't blame the private group for his agreeing to the recommendation.

Posted by: Digger on December 3, 2004 05:14 PM


I also covered this story yesterday:


Posted by: Wes Roth on December 3, 2004 06:08 PM

Thanks for the mention :)

Posted by: demonsurfer on December 3, 2004 07:51 PM

My thanks, too.

BTW, are they still refusing to allow that church group to sing carols?

Posted by: Jinx McHue on December 3, 2004 09:20 PM

Thanks for the trackback mention!

Posted by: Disintegrator on December 7, 2004 05:50 AM

Thanks for the trackback!

Posted by: Disintegrator on December 7, 2004 05:51 AM

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