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Sweden Bans Christmas Street Lights; Security Measure…or Something Else? is reporting on a rather startling development in Sweden, wherein the Swedish Transport Administration has made the decision to ban cities from erecting Christmas lights on any utility poles managed by the agency. One of the consequences of that move is that some towns will see no Christmas lights whatsoever on their most prominent thoroughfares.

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According to the Administration, the reason why the lights are no more is, simply, “security.”

Clarifying what is meant by “security,” Eilin Isaksson, the Swedish Transport Administration’s national coordinator, said,

“Poles are not designed for the weight of Christmas lights, and we have to remove anything that should not be there.”

Does that justification strike anyone else as being, well, a little goofy?

It sure strikes writer Paul Joseph Watson that way, who writes that the “argument that the lights are too heavy and pose a safety risk sounds like complete baloney.”

OK, good; it wasn’t just me.

Watson goes on, saying, “Swedes are being asked to believe that lights normally held up by tree branches are now too weighty to be supported by metal poles.”

He next gets to what he believes is really at the heart of the matter, writing, “Despite there being no safety issue with the street lights for decades, this new rule has been instituted right after record numbers of Muslim migrants flooded into the country – just a coincidence I’m sure.”

And there it is – an accusation that the Christmas lights ban is based on an insanely-applied standard of political correctness.

Is Watson right? I don’t know, but let’s put it this way: the whole “lights are suddenly too heavy for metal poles” justification seems awfully…curious.

Don’t you think?

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large