The economy not be the only reason for layoffs, and no one is immune to the old â€œheave-hoâ€. Santa Claus has been axed by the West Village YMCA, andÂ Frosty the Snowman will be taking his place at the annual luncheon. Say it ainâ€™t so!
Yes Virginia, Frosty and a penguin will at the YMCA luncheon instead of Santa. John Rappaport, the executive director of the McBurney YMCA denies Santa was replaced, though. He says it was â€œtransitioningâ€. Others of the Young Menâ€™s Christian Association say they areÂ in the midst of re-branding.
They can call it what they want, but Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is livid. Quoted in a CNN article, Mr. Donohue said, "We're not talking about some secular organization that has no religious roots. If they can't celebrate Christmas, then they should check out. What a bunch of cowards."
The YMCA was founded to promote â€œChristianâ€ values, and it seems that now even Old Saint Nick is found offensive by some. Rappaport dodges this theory by claiming that Frosty would appeal to a broader number of kids. Really? Does Frosty even have a sleigh?
Mr. Rappaport and the YMCA might preferÂ Frosty theÂ Snowman and a penguin over Santa and his elves, but they may as well have chosen the Grinch.