For the second time in as many years, Fort Collins, Colo., officials refused to allow a menorah display on public property during Chanukah.
The city allowed a menorah-lighting ceremony, but refused a request asking that the menorah be displayed during the eight days of Chanukah, The New York Times said Sunday. Council members said they were concerned a menorah display would open the door for other religious organizations to request that their displays be included.
The matter began in 2005 — and was revisited this year — when Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik asked the city to place a 9-foot menorah near a XXXXXX display in Old Town Square, a popular gathering spot. Both years, city officials declined. The city’s attorney said “trees” were secular, while a menorah had both secular and religious meanings.
Businesses, critical of the city’s refusal, began placing menorahs in their windows. A pub adjacent to the square allowed Gorelik to place the menorah on it’s property for the duration of Chanukah.