Skip to comments.Lincoln Chafee’s ‘holiday’ tree
Posted on 12/07/2011 12:48:10 PM PST by rjsclassics
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Carolers singing "O Christmas Tree" crashed Rhode Island's Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a "holiday" tree.
Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island's founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But his seasonal semantics incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to secularize Christmas.
"He's trying to put our religion down," said Ken Schiano of Cranston, who came to the tree lighting after hearing about the controversy. "It's a Christmas tree. It always has been and it always will be, no matter what that buffoon says it is."
Chafee did not address the several hundred people who filled the Statehouse to watch the tree lighting. Afterward, he said he was surprised by the heated reaction to his word choice. Chafee argues that he is simply honoring Rhode Island's origins as a sanctuary for religious diversity. Religious dissident Roger Williams founded Rhode Island in 1636 as a haven for tolerance, where government and religion would forever be kept separate. Chafee's immediate predecessor also referred to Statehouse trees as "holiday" trees.
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If other religions used the tree in their holidays, then I could see that.
But this is exactly like calling a Menorah a “Holiday Candle”. It’s a Jewish symbol. There is no-one to offend here.
Christmas Trees are used in the celebration of Christmas. Not any other holiday.
Conifers are cut down and decorated for Christmas and only Christmas. If anybody knows of another so celebrated holiday, let us know. There is possibility that I am unaware of one. And is it in December?
Festivus. It’s for the rest of us.
Let’s call it a Spiritual Tree or Spiritual Candle so no one can be offended!
Ah, yes. Lincoln Chaffee. The man who, more, perhaps, than any other, inspired and personified the term Republican-In-Name-Only.
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