It amazes me that all year long, Mr. Jim Finnegan, under the guise of being the Ultimate Christian, writes letters to the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune discriminating against more citizens than he realizes exist across our country who are different from him -- and then at Christmas pulls out his Nativity set and declares his rights are being violated because a village declines, for whatever reason, to display it.
I respect Mr. Finnegan's right to express his opinion and actually support his right to exhibit his beautiful Nativity set. I would, however, like him to ponder the following: How does it feel to have your rights violated? How does it feel to be treated as a second-class citizen because of who you are or what you believe? What if it were written into the Constitution that Christmas displays shall be a sacred institution between one village and its own private property?
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The Thomas More Society, on behalf of Mr. Jim Finnegan, has filed an official complaint against the village of Arlington Heights for choosing not to display his Nativity set. On behalf of some of my friends and family and on behalf of all Americans who were born, yes born, with a different sexual orientation than Mr. Finnegan's, I file an unofficial complaint against him for discriminating against his fellow man all year long. In my humble opinion, that is anything but being a Christian, no matter how big his Nativity set is.
It is my opinion that Christ lives in the hearts of those who tolerate and promote peace, not divisiveness, all the year through and especially at this joyous time of year. Merry Christmas, Mr. Finnegan.
Louis S. Guagenti