Saturday, December 17, 2005

Attack of the Catholic League or Why there are no decorations in my library this year

Anyone wishing to be full of holiday cheer should avoid my library this year. Oh, I don't mean my staff isn't in the holiday spirit. We are. Quite a lot of jovial, brotherly love amongst us. And in fact, quite a bit of cheer from most of the people who come into the branch as well.
But not from the Catholic League. Because of one of their members, there are no more decorations of any kind at all in my branch. I took them all down.
Each and every single decoration. From the Kwaanza harvest display, to the Menorrahs and dreidls, to the green wreaths, Poinsettia, and Christmas Tree. It's gone.

Want to know what happened?
I'm having a pleasant day in the branch, getting all my things done, when I was paged out to the front desk.
A woman says to me, "you have to come here." And proceeds to take me over to our all inclusive holiday decorations. She then tells me she is a member of the Catholic League, and that all non-Christian displays have to come down. Mind you, she is practically quivering with fury already. And I haven't said anything yet. She says that there is a directive, which she knows all about saying that only Christian displays are allowed to be displayed. I said I'd look into it, since I have heard no such directive and if it was true, I would remove those items.
Not good enough! She demands I take them down right away. And, oh yes, informs me that she is taping every word I say. Big whoop! Since she was shouting I asked her to lower her voice, at which she snapped and demanded I call Security. Believe me, I was more than happy to do so.
She then wants the Security Officer to appear within moments. Not going to happen. They're coming from Downtown, 45 minutes away at the least.
After a few more minutes of raging at me, she demanded my card. I told her I'd be happy to give it to her and also told her she was welcome to call my supervisor on Monday. She then stormed out.
And I and my staff took down every single bit of decoration in the branch. Why, you ask? Well, you see, my community isn't only made up of Christians. In fact, quite a large number of Jewish people use my branch. And I've received more than one complement of the display this year telling me how pleased they were that we'd included them. I've also got lots of Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims who use the branch. Some of the younger Buddhist and Hindus and Muslims asked if they could be part of the tree decoration as they "wanted to be part of the fun".
The holy war has come to my doorstep. Or workstep, as it were.

8 comments:

t said...

But you didn't say why you took them down.
You said why you had them up and all your reasons were wonderful.
When this shaking escapee from a mental institution found her way into your library, I would've been rolling on the floor laughing as she had her stroke. She never gave you a legal reason to take them down, did she?
I would've told her, "F*ck you! This is One Nation Under God - not One Nation Under Christians - and that God is defined by who each individual chooses to worship, whether it's Buddha or mother nature. Now get out of my library."
Our school is all-inclusive. Instead of banning everything religious, a student - lets say a Hindu student or a Buddhist student - will make a poster describing their religion and it's posted on the hallway wall outside their room. And it stops there, no teaching really involved. Because our school can't teach religion. But the poster is there for anyone who cares to view it. And that's the way it should be.
Oh, well...what's done is done.
I'm a non-practicing Catholic.
Now you see why.
I'm ashamed of people like that.

shayera said...

To tell you the truth, I took them all down because I was furious. I'm going to talk to my supervisor tomorrow morning. I know I'm not on shaky ground with what we had up. And it will just take a couple minutes to put them back up. We are really inclusive in our decorations all year. We have to be.
I had 3 people tell me they were insulted by the kook's behavior, one person told me she was proud of the way I had made the point and taken all the decorations down, so that the kook really lost by winning. And two small little kids ask me where everything was.
See the thing is, she's not a normal Catholic. She's specifically a member of the Catholic League. They're a fringe group. They're the ones who protested against Dogma, and I think they're latest was that all homosexuals should be rounded up and put into camps.

t said...

I thought it was the Catholic League who urged Ford to stop advertising in gay publications, but they turned out to be what was basically a group of fringe Methodists.
Well, at least it won't take you long to put the things back up if you and your supervisor wish.
Maybe the kook will come back, have her heart attack and fulfill her ultimate goal. Then she'll be happy
and you, your supervisor and your library patrons will have peace.

shayera said...

I have permission from Security to have her arrested. And I will.

Demeur said...

I think you should tell this woman to clean her own house of pediphiles and homosexual priests which is directly opposite their teachings. Correct me if I'm wrong t.

shayera said...

I should have. I'm pretty sure the Catholic League is the one that says the only thing wrong with the "priest scandal" is that the poor priests were being prosecuted.

t said...

One day after her catholic boss said something that pissed her off, my wife him that she didn't send our kids to PSR classes because
"We didn't want a priest's hands down our little boys' pants."
(This was when the priest scandal was big headlines.)
He just about passed out.
Oh, boy...she was rotten, huh? HA!

shayera said...

I think your wife is just great!