“Christmas” sign removed, then restored

PHILADELPHIA – A “Christmas Village” sign at a market near City Hall was changed to a more generic “Village” sign after complaints about cultural insensitivity, reported Reuters.

The change, however, immediately brought a swarm of protest. “If we are to be a truly diverse and inclusive community, we must certainly be respectful of all the various celebrations that occur during this time of year,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement. “Christmas deserves its rightful place among those.”

After the story hit the Internet more calls came in from around the country.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told Reuters that after reflecting on the matter, he asked the market’s manager to restore the word “Christmas” because the market, which sells gifts for the holidays, is a business and not a religious site.

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