NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Baby Jesus is no longer welcome at the St. George Ferry Terminal, Ginny Kosola reports.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports

Christmas trees decorate the Terminal on Staten Island, but the Nativity scene has been removed.

“Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, everybody should be able to celebrate,” said commuter Marian Oust.

A Department of Transportation spokesman was quoted as saying the agency didn’t give permission for the Nativity scene, and that it was put up by workers.

One Salvation Army worker at the Terminal was disappointed, especially given the Christmas season. “There’s a lot of us who don’t know the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.

Comments (32)
  1. Derick Durgana says:

    The true authority to set all things straight on this matter is to go to where it all took place in the bible! or holy writings

    First the custom:
    According to tradition, Jesus’ birth took place on December 25 and is celebrated
    on that date. “Christmas,” says the Encyclopedia of Religion, means “‘Christ’s
    Mass,’ that is, the mass celebrating the feast of Christ’s nativity,” or birth.

    Second its roots: “The establishment of December 25 evolved not from biblical precedent,” says The Christmas Encyclopedia, “but from pagan Roman festivals held at year’s end,” about the time of the winter solstice in the
    Northern Hemisphere. Those festivals included the Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn, god of agriculture, “and the combined festivals of two sun gods, the Roman Sol and the Persian Mithra,” says the same encyclopedia. Both birthdays were celebrated on December 25, the winter solstice according to the Julian calendar.
    Those pagan festivals began to be “Christianized” in the year 350, when Pope Julius I declared December 25 to be Christ’s birthday. “The Nativity gradually absorbed or supplanted all other solstice rites,” says the Encyclopedia of Religion. “Solar imagery came increasingly to be used to portray the risen
    Christ (who was also called Sol Invictus), and the old solar disk . . . became the halo of Christian saints.”

    Third what the Bible says: The Bible does not give Jesus’ birth date. But we can safely conclude that he was not born on December 25. How so? The Bible tells us that when Jesus was born, shepherds were “living out of doors” tending their flocks at night in the vicinity of Bethlehem. (Luke 2:8) The cold, rainy season usually began in October, and shepherds—especially in the colder highlands, such as those around Bethlehem—brought their sheep into protected shelters at night. The coldest weather, sometimes accompanied by snow, occurred in December._Significantly, the early Christians, many of whom had accompanied Jesus in his ministry, never celebrated his birth on any
    date. Rather, in harmony with his command, they commemorated only his death. (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
    Still, some may say, ‘Does the pagan connection really matter?’ The answer? It does to God. “The true worshipers will worship the Father with
    spirit and truth,” said Jesus Christ.—John 4:23

    I don’t think I can put it better than the J.C, cause he made his point pretty clear in his statements recorded in the scriptural accounts that we are all supposed to be using to set matters straight not just frivolous commentaries. Jesus also said another famous line which was you will know the truth and it will set you free.
    well your funds (money, assets) is one!
    not my words! just some Truth get informed

  2. LOL over this says:

    Amazing …Jesus wanted you to remember his death and what it stood for.. So what do we do instead? We celebrate his birth by merging it with a saint. dressed in red. Hey …wasn’t the rob Jesus took to his death red? And then we cant even get the right date.

  3. Fred says:

    Seems that we have lost our way.

  4. Mari N says:

    HMM you must be a true Christian from your remarks…..ur a damn HYPOCRITE!
    Not funny putz just insulting….keep spreading the hate you moron

  5. jtorres says:

    People need to lighten up and not make a federal case out of this. I’m pretty sure The Nativity scene was not put up to offend or insult anyone. I’m Catholic and work in Downtown Brooklyn where they have a huge menorah in the center of Christopher Columbus Square and I think it’s lovely, not offensive or insulting. It’s not my faith but so what? I’m not going to waste time and energy trying to make everyone “politically correct” I never believed in that concept anyway

  6. Bah Humbug says:

    I’ll bet few Christians remember who turned over the merchants tables in his father house…Hypocrites…First remove the rafter out of your own eye…

  7. Steve M. says:

    Why do we go through this eery year? And why does anyone care if there’s a nativity scene up or not? Is someone going to keel over and die if they see it? …..
    ………..Really….get a perspective! Non of this matters to those that are secure in their own beliefs…The insecure always complain and whine that they’re ‘offended’……

  8. James Arnold Santos says:

    The sad fact is that the rightist Jews have won their war. Its post Christianity in USA now! Soon history will repeat itself second time around with Moslem Jihadist…but this time around It will be post Judaism/ Zionism! Wake up American Christians…your arse is on the line!!

  9. 'tis the season for reason says:

    Nothing should be put on display at all unless they are also going to allow all other groups a time period for a display of their beliefs, including the atheists, scientologists, etc, etc, etc.

  10. iceuroz says:

    The Rockefellers weren’t Jews. They were protestants. Get your facts straight.

    1. Jose Ballesteros says:

      Dear Iceuroz…please get your own facts straight and read correct facts on Wikipedia or any other credible history book available on Rockefeller origins…As I said common middle class American Christians are in a slumber and have forgotten history and that history repeats itself..
      Jose Ballesteros

  11. Karen Cooper says:

    they should take sown the trees and all of the decorations if they dont know how to celebrate christmas

  12. Karen Cooper says:

    they must tbe atheist they should not go aginst the true meaning of christmas they should put it back everyoneyone knows jesus is the reason for the season and they should take down the trees too if they arent celebrating christmas the right way

    1. JK says:

      If you go to the Library and do some research (including references in the New Catholic Encylopedia) you’d find out Jesus was not born on December 25th!! December 25th was adopted several centuries after Christ was born to draw in others (aka Pagans) to Christianity. This season has nothing to do with christ but of Pagan origin. Please read up.

      PS. I am a Christian!

  13. Patricia Perez says:

    I’m surprised they allowed a Christmas tree to be put up,

  14. jschmidt2 says:

    no one gets upset about upsetting Christians. We are a powerless majority because the laws only protect minorities. Political correctness has really ruined this country and it is all because everyone is afraid of being sued.

    1. JK says:

      If you go to the Library and do some research (including references in the New Catholic Encyclopedia) you’d find out Jesus was not born on December 25th!! December 25th was adopted several centuries after Christ was born to draw in others (aka Pagans) to Christianity. This season has nothing to do with christ but of Pagan origin. Please read up.

      PS. I am a Christian!

  15. D. Spier says:

    Most of the comment above say it all. If you think tyranny by the minority is bad because you can’t put your religious symbol wherever you want, try tyranny by the majority some time. I wasd thrown out of French class for not wanting to learn the Christmas carols they were teaching. Protocols of the Elders of Zion? Really? What religion did you say you were? Christian? I don’t think so.

  16. Eric Fernandez says:

    ..and they say that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a lie…Must give credit to the ADL for putting the protocols into action!

  17. Memin says:

    Why, then, do they still name their station St. George Ferry Terminal? Someone could think that is an offensive christian name or something.

  18. industry says:

    Hanukkah is a Religious Holiday for the Jewish people.
    It celebrates the Miracle following the victory of Judas Maccabee and reconsecration of the Temple. The Hanukkah Menorah UNLIKE the Christmas
    Tree is a RELIGIOUS SYMBOL with great significance to Jews.

    The Christmas Tree is NOT a Christian symbol – it is SECULAR.

    The NATIVITY Scene is the focus of Christmas for Christians.

    Christians are the MAJORITY in the USA.
    Why can’t we use our Religious Symbol during OUR Holiday.

    This is Anti-Christian bias pure & simple.

    I see places of business decorated with Hanukkah Menorah, Dreidels and
    the words Happy Hanukkah (Channukah).

    Merry Christmas is now a forbidden greeting and prohibited from being
    displayed in many businesses.

    This is the age of Tyranny of the Minorities.

    1. JD says:

      thank you…beautifully expressed

    2. John says:

      This isn’t a price private place of business, it’s a government building — that is the difference. A private place of business can put up anything it wants… nativity, menorah, etc. It’s the same reason they shouldn’t put up a menorah in this building.

      1. michael lee says:

        Agree with you. AND all public holidays which are based on religious practices of the people should also be abolished. Let’s see what those who want to celebrate a religious holiday YET do not accept/respect the essence of such practice say when they are made to work instead.

    3. JK says:

      1. Christ not born on December 25th. Do your research.
      2. Christ is a powerful king not a child any longer.
      3. It was his death that paid our Ransom.
      4. FYI the so called Wisemen (Magi) showed up when he was older infant not when he was a newborn. Do your research.

    4. Kim says:

      I agree with you to the ten thousandth power.

      Very well said, and more importantly TRUE.

  19. ttc says:

    just allow all three, what’s the big deal

    1. mike says:

      BULL’S EYE!

  20. K.Mak says:

    Christmas is getting to the point where they should change the name of this holiday to HAPPY HOLIDAY so that is could be politically correct.

    1. michael lee says:

      I TOTALLY agree with you. Question for the is: What are they celebrating or holiday-ing during this time?

  21. C.J. says:

    It’s getting ridiculous.

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