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Is It OK? Signs Encourage Redmond Residents to Say 'Merry Christmas'

An anonymous person or group has posted signs around town saying "It's OK to Say Merry Christmas." What do you think?

If you've driven on Education Hill recently, you might have noticed a scattering of green signs proclaiming "It's OK to Say Merry Christmas."

The signs, which include the slogan and a lengthy Bible passage, appear near the roadway at churches, including First Baptist and Faith Lutheran, and schools, including Redmond High School and Horace Mann Elementary. One is also posted along the entryway to Redmond City Hall.

No one—Mayor John Marchione included—seems to know where they came from. But Marchione said the city intends to leave the signs up because they qualify as political speech.

"It's public speech. It's like a campaign sign," he said.

If the signs become a source of clutter or are not taken down within a few days after Christmas, the city might remove them, Marchione added.

Lake Washington School District spokeswoman Kathryn Reith said the district has a policy that prohibits "outside signs" from being posted on school property. But it's possible the Christmas signs are close enough to the sidewalk that they are actually posted on the city's easement, she said.

Have you noticed the signs? Do you agree with their message? Tell us in the comments section.

Brian Spear December 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Is this the first year people felt afraid to say merry christmas?
Cheryl Strong Magnuson December 23, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I don't feel afraid to say Merry Christmas, I just choose the appropriate audience. I played 5 musical holiday programs for seniors this month and they included popular holiday music, religious Christmas music and I always throw in a few songs for those that celebrate Chanukah. Something for everyone!
HeadSpinner Photography December 23, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Tolerance? Be nice and respect other's and their belief? Yes! Yes! Yes! We must be nice and respect others. God is Love. Feuding will get you no where. But wish them Happy Holiday's? My question is this. What would Jesus say if He were here today? Would He wish other people belief's a happy Budda day for example? or would He tell them the Truth? ... and that truth is in John 14:6 "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" Guess that excludes everyone else.
HeadSpinner Photography December 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
A song to describe what to say. Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAckfn8yiAQ
Michael C December 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I went up and read everything that was on the sign. After reading the sign, I think it was meant for Christians. It had the verse Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Followed by the Christmas story. I think the message is actually for those who say they are Christian yet are afraid to say Merry Christmas. Those Christians who say happy holidays, do you say happy holidays because you are ashamed of celebrating the birth of Christ? Or is it Happy Holidays because you really don’t believe in the birth of Christ or his gospel, which then begs the question why do you even call yourself a Christian or celebrate Christmas? Or is it happy holidays because you feel that the person you are talking to doesn’t deserve the chance to hear about the birth and gospel of Christ? When I stood by the sign and read it this song came to mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jddK0JlhLjg I think this sign was meant to wake Christians up. I want to give a big thank you for the person or group who placed these signs, you made a lot of people think. I personally am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ so, Merry Christmas

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