One would imagine that in today’s media driven politically correct culture, any image of family, faith and fidelity regardless if it was taken during the Christmas season within the 1950’s, or this past Christmas season, the rabid left would still be outraged, at the mere acknowledgment of wishing someone “Merry Christmas” as opposed to “Happy Holiday” which would have been unheard of back in the day.

However, when this black and white photo was taken back in 1956 in New York City it was in honor of another Christian holiday “Easter.”

The breathtaking photo was shot from the roof of the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan, also known as the “financial district” and where the Twin Towers once stood.

The imagery described by the caption within newspaper reads; “This scene, photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building, features 150-foot-high crosses in the City Services Co., City Bank Farmers Trust Co., and the Forty Wall Street Corp. buildings.”

The photograph was taken during Easter Week which began that year on April 1st and the photo was published in the newspaper on March 31st.

Moreover, the daily newspapers of that era actually ran full-page articles honoring the holidays, in one brief paragraph a journalist actually writes; “Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows, blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district.”

If you’re old enough to remember that period of America, and if you perhaps lived in a big city like New York, Chicago or Philadelphia then you perhaps remember those images of crosses and religious symbols during the holidays.

It was commonplace to walk around town, seeing public buildings and parks bedecked in holiday cheer and whoever took this iconic photo over 50-years ago, simply marveled at seeing those structures emblazoned with crosses and simply snapped a photo, never perhaps considering for a moment that society would become so jaded, and so intolerant of those religious values that a photo like this could never be spontaneously photographed again without protests, demonstrations and perhaps lawsuits by the ACLU.

Tell us in the comments below if you think with the election of Donald Trump, that religious liberty will once again be a vital part of our American tradition?

 
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