In Redmond, Washington, signs reading, “It’s OK to say, Merry Christmas” are mysteriously appearing yet again–and no one knows who is putting them up.
The signs also feature Scripture from the book of Romans that reads:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
According to the Redmond Reporter, the Mayor of Redmond, John Marchione, says they are appearing in areas called “free speech zones” such as next to the library, the police department, and a local church.
Marchione said that the signs are a form of free speech, like political signs, and that he will not be taking them down.
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This is making some of the citizens of Redmond happy:
“As a Christian, I’m glad to see all this, and people will see it,” Jan Edmonds told the Redmond Reporter. “Everyone will not agree with the verses but this is what America was built on.”
“I think it is great that you can say ‘Merry Christmas,’ not ‘Happy Holidays’ or whatever,” she continued. “I’m glad to see Christ in Christmas, that’s the reason we have it.”
But this anonymous sign maker is causing some to question the signs:
“You have to think how much money, time and effort has gone into this, so my question is, ‘Is this good use of resources or would this money effort and time have been better spent on doing something tangible for others?” a citizen wishing to remain anonymous wrote in an email to the Reporter.
“I think it would depend on who is putting them up, why they are putting it up and what they are trying to accomplish. Each year, this is getting bigger and seems to be spreading. This year, they added cards that they want people to take and spread around and these cards are very evangelical. Is this as far as they are going, or are they planning to go bigger next year?”
H/T The Blaze