Ok Judge Cohen was right. The Christmas has no place in the halls of Justice. Now before you get your nickers in a knot hear me out. I am atheist but I love the venerable Christmas tree. Not because it is the least religiously symbolic of the Christmas aesthetic pantheon but because it is fun and it is beautiful. I get no end of joy buying or cutting a fresh tree as circumstances may warrant; stringing the lights and then decorating the tree. It is at its most beautiful when you turn out all the lights in the room save for those on the tree and look at all the beautiful colours and patterns cast on the walls and ceiling. It makes my heart light. Perhaps the best thing about the tree, and why I have no patience for those mono-coloured designer trees, is that for a least 30 days, the rather dour Anglo-Saxon colour pallet is banished by bright vibrant colour. So I am pro-tree down the line.
But here is the thing Judge Cohen was right: the Christmas tree venerable as it may be has no place in the halls of justice and here is why. The highest law of this land called Canada is the Constitution and part of the Constitution is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And the Charter guarantees individuals will be free from discrimination in their dealings with the state. Indeed the Charter is a compact between the state and its citizens. And I dare say it is a more sacred compact in a secular society than the venerable Christmas tree. All citizen have the right to feel as likely as any other individual , particularly in matters of justice which is the providence of the state, to receive justice. Indeed this is the corner stone of the Rule of Law. Anything which might subvert this in substance or appearance must be repressed in order for the rule of law to have its full force of meaning. Judge Cohen rightly set the standard as high as practicably possible as she should have precisely because she takes the rule of law and the Charter with a dour seriousness and aw that not even the venerable Christmas tree can be allowed suspend even for thirty days.