The "War on Christmas" has come to Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Last weekend, a group of Department of Public Works (DPW) employees put a holiday sign on some property belonging to a friend.
The electronic sign stated: “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Marshfield DPW & HSS."
“We’re the guys who take care of the town, and we’re very proud of it,” DPW employee and Marshfield DPW Local 1700 union president Steve Barber told CBS Boston (video below). “And we see there's no decorations anywhere."
However, that property is on the main road in town and someone complained about the religious message.
“We were told it couldn’t say Marshfield DPW, so we ended up changing it, and then we had it taken away,” Barber told the Patriot Ledger. “It was totally innocent. We see other towns all decked out and we just wanted to wish holiday cheer.”
“We don’t object to the message,” stated Building Commissioner Gerald O’Neill, “But the sign has to conform to size regulations, among other factors.”
The DWP workers plan to try a banner next year because there are fewer regulations.