If you’re talking about traffic lights, red and green represent two completely different things. The same is true if you’re talking about those colors appearing at the top of the Empire State building in New York City.
The Empire State Building refused to honor Timothy Cardinal Dolan — setting off a torrent of outrage against the iconic structure that has honored everything from athletes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In 2009, the building even honored the 60th anniversary of China’s communist takeover of China. But this week, they showed no love for Dolan — a global ambassador for New York City.
Religious leaders, politicians and city-dwellers are seeing red.
“It’s an insult to Catholics and to the vast majority of New Yorkers who love Cardinal Dolan,” said Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League.
Port Authority officials came to the rescue after Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin squashed a request by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-S.I.) to pay tribute to Dolan in (red) lights.
Conversely, the top of that same Empire State building has been lit up green multiple times to honor the Muslim holiday known as Eid-a-Fitr.
Via New York Ology:
The top three tiers of the Empire State Building tonight will light up in green in honor of Eid-al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking, marking the end of the Muslim holiday Ramadan.
The green symbolizes joy and the importance of nature in Islam, officials for the skyscraper noted in news release announcing the lighting schedule. This is at least the third consecutive year the Empire State building has lit up green to mark Eid-al-Fitr, a spokesperson for the building’s management company told NewYorkology today.
Welcome to dhimmitude. It’s subtle, it’s incremental, and it’s deadly… eventually.
h/t Weasel Zippers