Residents at a senior housing complex in California are outraged that management of the building has ordered them to remove their Christmas tree from a communal area because “it’s a religious symbol.”
On Tuesday, JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building in Newhall, Calif., demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
“We’re all angry. We want that tree,” Fern Scheel, a resident of the complex told the news outlet. “Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.”
JB Partners did not reply to media requests for comment on the matter. The company owns apartments in California, Oklahoma and Colorado.
“I’ve got grandkids and they come here and now they’ll ask, `Grandpa, where’s the Christmas tree?’ Then I’ll have to explain that someone said we couldn’t have one. What kind of message is that sending to the kids?” resident Max Greenis said of the demand.
The political correctness assault on the California group of seniors comes as ongoing controversy brews in Rhode Island, where Governor Lincoln Chafee refuses to utter the words “Christmas tree.”
“I did what the previous governor did, called it a Holiday Tree. So this goes back to the 90s,” said Chafee, to the dismay of Rhode Islanders who have pointed out that changing the name does not change the symbol.