Sunday, December 17, 2006

Scrooge Cohen presides

The tiny Christmas tree Scrooge Cohen put behind bars

A Toronto judge is standing firm by her decision to keep a Christmas tree out of her downtown courthouse despite backlash from the public and objection from Premier Dalton McGuinty. ... (Madam Justice Marion) Cohen ordered the tiny plastic tree removed earlier this week, saying it's not an appropriate symbol to non-Christians. In a letter to staff, she said courthouse visitors are "confronted" with it, which makes them feel "they are not part of this institution.'' ....

Employees called the move stupid and insulting, saying the tree has been a lobby staple for decades. The story has triggered a flurry of angry responses from CTV viewers and readers. A number of
Christmas trees are on full display inside other public institutions, including at the Ontario legislature, Toronto City Hall and at Nathan Phillips Square.
There are also trees inside the Old City Hall courts. Lawyers at the Jarvis Street courthouse were also upset and puzzled. McGuinty slammed the judge's order, calling it unfortunate."

"I think it represents a misunderstanding of what we are working so hard to build here in Ontario," he said.

There is currently no court or ministry policy that addresses this
particular situation. Attorney General Michael Bryant said he'll be speaking to the chief of the Ontario Court of Justice about creating one. Cohen would not comment on camera.

The tree now sits in an administrative corridor off to the side.

And so it does. At best Judge Cohen has a very very cramped and crimped understanding of what makes this nation great. At worst she is a bigot. I have my opinion. What do you think?