- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2013

Somebody in Redmond, Wash., is taking a strong stand for Christmas by posting signs all around town that contain biblical verses and tout the bold proclamation: “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas.”

The signs apparently are intended as an offset to politically correct debates that rear up each year about the supposed insensitivity of wishing “Merry Christmas” versus the more generic “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.”

The local KCPQ-TV reported that the identity of the mass-sign poster is unknown. But the signs are everywhere — at the library, at City Hall, outside numerous schools, The Blaze reported.

And sure to ignite even more discussion is the fact the signs also contain biblical verses.

On one sign is Romans 1:16, which states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” That text is then accompanied by a longer verse from Luke, The Blaze said.

“This is the second year I’ve seen the signs,” Mayor John Marchione said to the Redmond Reporter. And he has no plans to tear them down. “They’re in a public right-of-way and we are treating them like a freedom-of-speech issue.”