Philadelphia Restores Christmas to Market Sign

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Late last week, the mayor of Philadelphia ordered city workers to put the word "Christmas" back in the sign at the "Christmas Village," a German-style Christmas market set up outside of City Hall.

The city's Managing Director Richard Negrin explained that the word was removed in response to complaints from an unspecified number of city employees and visitors, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

But the absence of "Christmas" drew cries of outrage from the public as the story went viral.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a statement calling the removal "very disappointing."

"If we are to be a truly diverse and inclusive community, we must certainly be respectful of all of the various celebrations that occur during this time of year," the statement said. "Christmas deserves its rightful place among those."

After several days of pondering the public backlash, the mayor called for the sign to be restored.

"We'll have the full 'Christmas Village' sign back in place Thursday," Nutter said. "I'm totally respectful of any of our public employees or citizens who have a complaint, whether about this or anything else. At the same time, we have any number of employees and citizens... who enjoy this particular kind of commercial enterprise. The Christmas Village is not a religious service."

However, the City of Brotherly Love still calls its official Christmas tree -- a holiday tree.

Mat Staver, founder of the legal Chrisitan advocacy group the Liberty Counsel, discussed a new Rasmussen poll showing Americans prefer the saying "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays" and whether big business is getting the message on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Dec. 7. Click play to watch the interview.

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