DAILY CATHOLIC     THANKSGIVING WEEK     November 25-29, 1998     vol. 9, no. 231

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - A World AIDS Day event scheduled for December 1 was canceled on Monday after New York City officials protested the presence of a 35-foot Christmas tree decorated with condoms near Central Park.

          The event, which would have included a benefit concert in addition to the "Tree of Life," was sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co. The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights had protested the event and threatened a national boycott against the clothing manufacturer.

          Mayor Rudolph Giuliani applauded the decision by the event organizers to cancel the event after pressure from city officials. "I think Christmas trees have a certain symbolic importance ... to a lot of people. I think what they were suggesting would probably be inconsistent with that," Giuliani said. He added, "I think it is one of the most idiotic ideas I have ever heard of."

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Nov 25-29, 1998       volume 9, no. 231


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