why does america celebrate Judaism,by lighting the menorah at the white house when 76% is christian?

One of the more prominent activities of the Washington Office is the annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah, on the Ellipse, just across from the White House.

This lighting of the world's largest menorah is viewed by millions across the nation and around the world via media, many of them hundreds of miles from any Jewish community, which makes it very difficult for them to otherwise celebrate and enjoy Chanukah properly.

http://www.afldc.org/nmc/

Update:

appreciating diversity.so where are other religions not appreciated

Update 2:

just to add judaism is not christianity the clue is in the names.

Update 3:

russia celebrate the Nativity.

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  • 8 years ago

    If your stat is right, the country is 24% not Christian. And a main point of it's founding was that every religion had equal rights.

    Clinton did the first Ramadan dinner in 1996, which Bush continued.

    http://muslimvoices.org/obama-host-ramadan-dinner/

    Bush added a Hanukah celebration after 9/11 along with a Hindu one.

    http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/movies/menorah.h...

    Question has been why is a Christmas tree lit when it's not the countries official religion? I have no problem with it -- but no reason to begrudge others a moment too. Colorful celemonies are good diplomatic opporunties that all heads of state find helpful.

  • 8 years ago

    For the same reason that the US White house also:

    Has a Christmas Tree

    Celebrates the Hindu festival of Diwali (since Bush in 2003)

    Hosts a Ramadan dinner

    Because our Nation accepts all people, regardless of religion and wants them to feel at home.

  • 3 years ago

    My church does not practice against it, and easily, looks to inspire it. besides the undeniable fact that, there are some denominations regionally that refuse to rejoice Independence Day for the justifications you're already stated. they provide thought to themselves to no longer be an element of this worldwide, and refuse to hold public place of work, or rejoice nationalistic holidays. now and returned, those communities will additionally abstain from balloting in elections, using fact such elections are in basic terms correct to guy-made "kingdoms", and not the Heavenly kingdom.

  • 8 years ago

    It's about recognizing human diversity. Sadly, far too many people consider themselves Christians, or Muslims, or Jews first and human beings second. America is committed to the principle that all human beings are equal.

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  • 8 years ago

    Presidents have always publicaly celebrated the Christian festivals

    Recently, they started to also include some nods to non Christian ones.

    The menorah lighting started a few administrations ago.

    Bush Jr. and Obama have also done Muslim celebrations.

    Maybe next administration will include something else.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    As all winter holidays are "festivals of light", what else do you propose they do? (And since when is "Christmas" ONLY a Christian holiday? - it came from a pagan festival called "Yule".)

  • samuel
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    American Muslims also celebrating sept11 in a secret way . so there is no problem to celebrate Chanukah

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Well, it's called appreciating diversity.

  • 8 years ago

    Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah only they haven't recognized Him yet !!! He will be showing up soon to protect them !!! So keep your eyes wide open and see the Glory of God to come to earth !!!

    Jesus claimed to be God - John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33

    2.Jesus is called God - John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8

    3.Jesus is the image of the invisible God - Heb. 1:3

    4.Jesus abides forever - Heb. 7:24

    5.Jesus created all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17

    6.Jesus is before all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:17;

    7.Jesus is eternal - John 1:1,14; 8:58; Micah 5:1-2

    8.Jesus is honored the same as the Father - John 5:23

    9.Jesus is prayed to - Acts 7:55-60; 1 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:4; (John 14:14)

    10.Jesus is worshipped - Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6

    11.Jesus is omnipresent - Matt. 18:20; 28:20

    12.Jesus is with us always - Matt. 28:20

    13.Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves - 1 Tim. 2:5

    14.Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant - Heb. 7:22; 8:6

    15.Jesus said, "I AM the Bread of Life" - John 6:35,41,48,51

    16.Jesus said, "I AM the Door" - John 10:7,9

    17.Jesus said, "I AM the Good Shepherd" - John 10:11,14

    18.Jesus said, "I AM the Way the Truth and The Life" - John 14:6

    19.Jesus said, "I AM the Light of the world" - John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32

    20.Jesus said, "I AM the True Vine" - John 15:1,5

    21.Jesus said, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" - John 11:25

    22.Jesus said, "I AM the First and the Last" - Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13

    23.Jesus always lives to make intercession for us - Heb. 7:25

    24.Jesus cleanses from sin - 1 John 1:9

    25.Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood - Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9

    26.Jesus forgives sins - Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48

    27.Jesus saves forever - Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25

    28.Jesus discloses Himself to us - John 14:21

    29.Jesus draws all men to Himself - John 12:32

    30.Jesus gives eternal life - John 10:28; 5:40

    31.Jesus resurrects - John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26

    32.Jesus gives joy - John 15:11

    33.Jesus gives peace - John 14:27

    Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

    1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

    Dear Jesus,

    I admit that I am a sinner before you Lord,, deserving of Hell. Please forgive me of my sins. I now believe upon You alone, and not my self-righteous works and religion. Thank you Jesus for the salvation you have given me. Amen

  • 8 years ago

    because they know their religion is bronze age plagiarism. ripped off from judaism.

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