YMCA, Rebranding Itself As “The Y”, Dumps Santa For Frosty To Be More Inclusive
YMCA officials are “rebranding” the Young Men’s Christian Association as “The Y,” and are defending a decision to replace Santa with Frosty the Snowman.
“It wasn’t replacing; it was transitioning,” said John Rappaport, executive director of the McBurney YMCA. “We realized that change is sometimes good, and that Frosty is a great winter character who would appeal to a broader number of kids.”
The decision to ditch Father Christmas came down from McBurney branch administration, not the Y’s Chicago headquarters.
A chilly reception greeted the news that the YMCA — an organization founded to spread Christian values in1844 — was replacing the Christmas icon with a secular cartoon character.
Predictably jumping into the fray is the Catholic League’s William Donohue.
“Christmas is not about Jack Frost; it’s not about snowmen,” fumed Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. “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.”Click here for reuse options!
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