Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has apparently hosted Christmas trees in and around its terminals for what I’m guessing are several years now.
Well, until just a little while ago, that is.
An area Rabbi — Elazar Bogomilsky — decided that the Christmas tree display was missing a menorah, and requested that the airport either install one, or allow him to do the installing a couple of weeks ago.
It seems that not only did he not get a response, but no menorah appeared next to the Yuletide trees.
His lawyer — yep, welcome to America — seems to believe that the airport was simply stalling and delaying. The airport says they didn’t have enough time to consult with everyone necessary.
Whatever the reason, Rabbi Bogomilsky did the American thing and had his lawyer threaten the airport with a Federal lawsuit if the menorah didn’t appear.
I’ll give you three guesses as to the reaction by the airport. It was the exact same reaction that everyone else gets when beat about the head and shoulders (metaphorically speaking) with the Civil Rights LawSuit bat: they took down the trees.
Someone whinges that because ‘A’ is up, they should be allowed to put up ‘B’– then the safest legal route is to simply take down ‘A’. No ‘A’, no reason for ‘B’, no reason to lose everything you own to a Fed lawsuit.
Now, Rabbi Bogomilsky is claiming that he didn’t mean for the trees to come down.
What the hell did he expect when he threatened a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit over the sodding thing? Hmm? What?
Is he a naif that he didn’t see this coming?
It is his fault that the trees were taken down, and he should cowboy up and accept the consequences of using the threat of a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit to get his way — no matter how “unintended” the consequences are.