Two patrons of a library in Dedham, Massachusetts, which recently canceled its annual Christmas tree installation, spoke to ‘Jesse Watters Primetime’, saying they hoped the public meeting scheduled for next week would lead back from vacation.
The Endicott branch of the Dedham Public Library has decided not to publicly erect its Christmas tree this season after decades of tradition, host Jesse Watters previously reported.
Jason Brogan and Marianne Martin agreed that all holidays should be represented in their city’s public square, located a short distance southwest of Boston.
“Celebrate everything. Celebrate absolutely everything,” Martin said. “The more we celebrate, the better.”
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In turn, Brogan added that the library wanted to be “inclusive”, but in doing so it became exclusive by excluding a Christmas tree from public display.
“We don’t really understand that,” he said.
Later, Martin claimed that the only symbol the library seems to have eliminated from its rotation is its Christmas tree.
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“[T]hey die on this hill,” she said. “They will allow other types of celebrations. There is a gift table. There are wreaths on the door and they consider the Christmas tree to be offensive and more Christian.”
She added that for her, this exclusion did not make sense in any other respect, because the Christmas tree can be identified as a “secular” entity compared to a wreath, which, according to her, is “definitely a religious symbol”.
Watters noted that Christmas itself is a federal government holiday in addition to being the annual Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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He asked Brogan what he expects to happen at a public meeting that library management has scheduled for next week in response to the uproar.
“We hope the city, or at least the library board, will approve the return of the Christmas tree – along with all the other spiritual symbols,” he said.
“So we want equal representation in the city. We’re a very diverse city. We want everyone to be represented.”
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Watters separately called the controversy “the last shots fired in the Christmas war,” telling Brogan that the general public seems to want equality in all its forms.
“Let’s give them equality and listen to people, because that’s what democracy is about,” Watters said.