Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Those pesky holiday displays -- complete with Pink Flamingos

Boston Globe Online

"Last winter, Laffey encouraged residents to put seasonal displays he deemed appropriate on City Hall's front lawn. First a menorah went up, then an inflatable snowman and Santa Claus, and after that a Nativity scene appeared. Then, a flock of plastic flamingos showed up, sponsored by a Cranston-resident who said the birds represented the ''Church of the Pink Flamingo,'' a church he made up as a tongue-and- cheek protest against the holiday display."

I think as long as the participants are chosen by lottery, and that there is a good faith attempt made to allow as many people as possible to participate, this isn't a bad thing at all. Oh... and as long as Laffey isn't "approving" of the displays. That goes without saying.

In fact, I think more municipalities should create more public forums dedicated to free speech.