To the Editor,
I have been a resident of Piscataway for over 25 years. A group I am involved in, the Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization, has been asking our Mayor and Town Council to place a menorah and other symbols of the holidays celebrated by other groups who live in our diverse community at the town’s Christmas tree/holiday display on the grounds of the local government offices on Hoes Lane for the last two holiday seasons. We keep being told that “they are looking into it.”
The Supreme Court of the United States held in A County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union (1989) that a Christmas tree and a menorah together with other non-religious holiday displays were not prohibited from publicly owned spaces.
I am Jewish, not by “nationality” as our president would have it, or by religion, but by heritage, and of that I am extremely proud. So, I favor celebrating the holidays with a menorah, a Christmas tree and other symbols that the various cultures in our community publicly celebrate if it is desired by that part of the community.
It is now obviously too late for this year, we hope they will be more inclusive next year.
Why would we not want to celebrate our diverse histories?
2250 Plainfield Ave N
Piscataway, NJ 08854