Jesus take the church sign!
According to NY Daily News reports:
A Florida pastor’s outdoor church sign reading, “Christmas – Easier to spell than Hanukkah,” has ruffled some feathers in his North Palm Beach community after some people were offended and called on the church to take down the sign.
“It was not in any way, shape or form meant to be offensive or disparaging or mean-spirited,” Lighthouse Church Pastor Mike Butzberger told the Palm Beach Post. “And it’s sad to me there are people that are so humorless that they would be offended.”
Butzberger’s attempt at some holiday cheer apparently offended some. Calls to take down the sign wore on him, so he changed the board to read “Jesus Loves You.”
Butzberger, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on “humor as a communication tool in preaching,” told the Post the simple message was a joke — like a synagogue saying Hanukkah has eight days while Christmas has only one.
“If you ever tried to spell Hanukkah you’d see it’s spelled many ways,” he told the newspaper.
“I really think it’s the wrong message to their members,” Rabbi Alon Levkovitz told WPTV. “I’m not offended by it as a Jew.
“If the church tries to celebrate one of the most important holidays by putting down another faith, it’s definitely not the spirit of Hanukkah nor Christmas,” he added.
Another rabbi told the Post “it’s clearly an insensitive message.”
But Butzberger, who’s been deluged with calls from the media and passersby, said it’s just the PC police out on a witch-hunt.
“We live in such a politically correct climate, people are literally searching for excuses to be offended and outraged,” he told the TV station.
Ehhhh this guy may not have had bad intent but he’s no comedian! Even if he was trying to make a joke he should probably stick to his day job — as a preacher.