The NY Times has another story about a Chabad Rabbi having his request rejected to display a Menorah alongside a Christmas tree in a public space. In this case, the group who denied his request didn't remove the trees in this story (like they did here). However, the denial of the Rabbi's request seems to have summoned up an outpouring of communal support for the Rabbi from some unexpected places:
Many residents of Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State University, were angered by the city’s decision and have responded with a campaign of support for the city’s Jewish residents, who number only a few thousand in a total population of about 137,000. In a show of solidarity, some non-Jewish residents and a growing list of businesses are displaying menorahs in their windows.It's nice to see that we can find the spirit of tolerance and togetherness somewhere these days.
“I think the City Council is trying to cover themselves legally, but they’re shortsighted about the long-term implications of how this impacts groups,” said Jill Kuhn, a psychologist here who is not Jewish. “We’re going to put a menorah in our window, and we’re going to light it. We hope other people do that too.”
This year, as it did last year, CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing, which sits on Old Town Square, has allowed the rabbi to move the menorah to its grounds, where it will remain for the duration of Hanukkah.
“We’re not in agreement with the City Council’s decisions,” said Ted Devitt, managing partner of CooperSmith’s. “It’s not what we thought the community stands for.”