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Boston Concedes that "Holiday Tree" is a Christmas Tree
Liberty Counsel e-mail alert | 11/23/05 | Mathew Staver

Posted on 11/25/2005 10:01:45 AM PST by dukeman

Today Boston's Mayor and the Parks Commissioner reversed course under pressure from Liberty Counsel regarding the City's annual Christmas tree. A Christmas tree has been donated by Nova Scotia for the past 34 years to honor Boston for providing help following the 1917 Haifax Explosion. This year the tree was renamed by City officials to the "Holiday Tree." When the Nova Scotia donor learned that the tree was renamed, he was "hopping mad," and stated that he should have "put it in the chipper."

After learning of this incident, Liberty Counsel pressured City officials to reverse course and call the tree a Christmas tree. Last night I appeared on Hannity and Colmes to discuss this assault on Christmas. Today, the Mayor and the Parks Commissioner responded and now concede the tree will be called a Christmas tree.

Liberty Counsel's Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign is designed to educate about the constitutionality of Christmas and to defend against threats to Christmas. When education does not resolve the matter, we will go to court.

On Monday I talked about the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign on the Fox News Channel on the O'Reilly Factor; yesterday on Hannity and Colmes, and today with John Gibson. Today, Dr. Jerry Falwell also discussed the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign on the O'Reilly Factor, and on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and Paula Zahn Now .

Help spread our Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign by distributing our free legal memo. Churches can run our pre-designed ads in local newspapers and in their bulletins.

Write an email to parks@ci.boston.ma.us to thank the City of Boston for acknowledging Christmas. You can also participate in a poll by a local television station about naming the Christmas tree. At this time, 94% favor calling the tree a Christmas tree.

When we show up, by God's grace, we win. Thank you for your prayers and support. Have a great Thanksgiving.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boston; christmas; christmastree; libertycounsel; massachusetts; waronchristmas

1 posted on 11/25/2005 10:01:46 AM PST by dukeman
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To: dukeman

They have been donating a tree for 34 years in remenbrance of an event that occurred in 1917? It appears that they have some catching up to do.


2 posted on 11/25/2005 10:08:05 AM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: dukeman
Holiday Tree

That is so dumb.

The etymology [history] of 'holiday' is:

[Middle English holidai, holy day, from Old English hlig dæg : hlig, holy; see holy + dæg, day; see day.]

The word 'holiday' is as steeped in religious tradition as 'Christmas' is. Next, they will try to ban 'holiday' and call it 'celebration day' or some similar nonsense.
3 posted on 11/25/2005 10:08:49 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

"That is so dumb."

I know -- everyone knows that it's really a "wishing tree." :)


4 posted on 11/25/2005 10:11:27 AM PST by jdm
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To: dukeman
This year the tree was renamed by City officials to the "Holiday Tree."


What a bunch of PC NAZIS!
5 posted on 11/25/2005 10:11:34 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: TomGuy

I don't understand why the merchants would be onboard this movement. Santa Claus is of Christian derivation. It is not Hindu, Moslem, or Jewish (although it has been quasie adopted by Jews and tied to their own holiday.) Take away the underlying holy-day reason for the season celebrated by the majority of the population and the gift going goes with it. Why would they want to insult the majority of their customers at the biggest sales time of year?


6 posted on 11/25/2005 10:15:59 AM PST by marsh2
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To: dukeman

I don't understand why some fear Christmas so much.


They should be fearing Christ's second coming!


7 posted on 11/25/2005 10:16:43 AM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: dukeman

A christmas tree is forbidden but a Jewish menorah or star is allowed.

We need to declare Thanksgiving to new years to be a PC free "safe zone".


8 posted on 11/25/2005 10:16:46 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: dukeman
Today, the Mayor and the Parks Commissioner responded and now concede the tree will be called a Christmas tree.

My, what people of strength and conviction. Why didn't they fight on principle? How come?

9 posted on 11/25/2005 10:20:26 AM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: dukeman

Well, this is a minor victory. Sad thing is we'll have to fight this all over again come next year until finally we're too old, too few in number to make sufficient fuss.


10 posted on 11/25/2005 10:23:29 AM PST by newzjunkey ("After researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion the moon is NOT made of green cheese")
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To: TomGuy
HAPPY HOLY DAYS!
MERRY CHRIST MASS!
A BLESSED FESTIVAL OF
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD!

(Albeit a little early--Advent starts this Sunday.)

11 posted on 11/25/2005 10:23:52 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (The Christ Mass: The Festival of the Nativity of Our Lord.)
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To: dukeman
"When the Nova Scotia donor learned that the tree was renamed, he was "hopping mad," and stated that he should have "put it in the chipper."

Once Boston somehow manages to put itself in a position to be rightly criticized by one of us from the current land of gay 'marriage', its citizens should properly be afraid ... very afraid.
12 posted on 11/25/2005 10:29:53 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: proudpapa

"I don't understand why some fear Christmas so much.

They should be fearing Christ's second coming!"


You betcha.


13 posted on 11/25/2005 10:38:00 AM PST by Luke21 (Political correctness is the insane religion of our rulers.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

God bless you, Charles. Merry Christmas.


14 posted on 11/25/2005 10:38:37 AM PST by Luke21 (Political correctness is the insane religion of our rulers.)
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To: Buck W.
They have been donating a tree for 34 years in remenbrance of an event that occurred in 1917?

Canadians.

15 posted on 11/25/2005 10:51:04 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: dukeman

What gets me is they are trashing centuries old traditions and then call US the agressors. As if WE'RE the ones trying to change the country. It's just so dishonest.


16 posted on 11/25/2005 12:43:38 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

They = the Radical Secularists.


17 posted on 11/25/2005 12:44:56 PM PST by DManA
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To: dukeman

Same stupids who run Boston gave a sweet deal on land to a new mega Mosque in Roxbury.


18 posted on 11/25/2005 12:45:56 PM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: dukeman
Have friends that are Jewish. Didn't understand their holidays so I asked them to teach me about them. I have respect for the beliefs of others and expect the same in return. They don't say Happy Holiday to me. They say Merry Christmas because is what I believe in.
It is not Happy Holidays. It isn't X-mas either. It's CHRISTMAS. A time to worship. A time for family. A time for giving.
19 posted on 11/25/2005 12:55:23 PM PST by jerry639
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To: TomGuy
Next, they will try to ban 'holiday'

No! No! No! If the word "holiday" were extracted from the English language, the media and department stores would be rendered speechless when it comes to describing anything associated with Christmas. They want to avoid saying or writing "Christmas" with every ounce of their being. My God, man, have you no mercy?

20 posted on 11/25/2005 2:02:33 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: TomGuy
Next, they will try to ban 'holiday' and call it 'celebration day' or some similar nonsense.

They should just come out, say what they think, and call it a "HUMBUG TREE".

21 posted on 11/25/2005 2:44:53 PM PST by joshhiggins (And a "Happy Humbug Day" to you too!)
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To: OldPossum

hmm wonder what they'd if they knew that the word Holiday actually means Holy Day ;)

HOLIDAY
# A religious feast day; a holy day.


22 posted on 11/25/2005 2:46:53 PM PST by psychopuppy
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To: dukeman
I am so sick of hearing all this liberal BS I could scream.

My other 'sick of hearing' is all the come here's constantly complaining that they want the ethnic life style they had in the old country.

They come here because of freedoms and immediately want to change everything to suit their ethnic life style. If they don't like it here as it is, they need to go back where they came from. We don't want to live the Hispanic, Oriental or Muslim life style, that is why we are still here in the good old USA.

23 posted on 11/25/2005 2:56:10 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: longtermmemmory

When will they start calling it a Holiday Candlestick?


24 posted on 11/25/2005 5:10:40 PM PST by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: psychopuppy

I think that they would desperately search for another word.


25 posted on 11/25/2005 5:50:22 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: dukeman

Rats are loosing on every front.


26 posted on 11/25/2005 5:51:05 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: rottndog
What a bunch of PC NAZIS!

Speaking of which... I'm sitting in the Munich, Germany, airport waiting for my flight back to the states. They have "Merry Christmas" signs everywhere in this GOVERNMENT airport. It's sad to see the semi-socialist state of Germany be more friendly to religion than localities in the states. Liberals certainly hate Christians/Jews (well, th believing types of Christians/Jews anyway).

27 posted on 11/26/2005 4:31:42 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: proudpapa
I don't understand why some fear Christmas so much.

A few specific reasons Liberals hate Christians/Jews:

1)Do not murder
2) Do not commit adultery
3) Honor your mother and father
4) Homosexuality is an abomination (never mind that it kills, on average, 20 years early)
5) Husbands are to love their wives the way Jesus loved the church
6) Do not divorce

The list goes on... and it's full of all kinds of things that liberals want the freedom to do.

28 posted on 11/26/2005 4:36:52 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Dustbunny

Yup. And many of them openly declare that western civilization is corrupt and that they intend on changing us to be like where they came from.


29 posted on 11/26/2005 4:39:15 AM PST by djf (Government wants the same things I do - MY guns, MY property, MY freedoms!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Hear, Hear! I join you in unapologetically and enthusiastically celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God.


30 posted on 11/26/2005 4:43:00 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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To: dukeman
But Donnie Hatt, of Beech Hill,Nova Scotia, says he wouldn't have sent his 36-year-old white spruce to Boston this year if he knew it would be called a "holiday" tree. In fact, he'd rather see it run through the wood chipper in his backyard.

"I think it's a bunch of bullcrap," Hatt said Tuesday. "The States is never happy with the way things are. They always gotta change something.

"Ever since I was born, a tree was put up for Christmas, not for holidays, because if you're gonna do that you might as well put a tree up for Easter."

CBC

31 posted on 11/26/2005 4:51:32 AM PST by bulldozer
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To: jerry639
Have friends that are Jewish. Didn't understand their holidays so I asked them to teach me about them. I have respect for the beliefs of others and expect the same in return. They don't say Happy Holiday to me. They say Merry Christmas because is what I believe in. It is not Happy Holidays.

Quite right! I say Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends. Of course Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees victory over the Greeks who were trying to paganize their culture. Sound familiar?

32 posted on 11/26/2005 5:12:30 AM PST by Heatseeker (Never underestimate the left's tendency to underestimate us.)
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To: dukeman

The local NBC channel performed a poll two days ago, which they have since taken down. Final vote was over 94% wanted it to remaina "Christmas Tree". Somehow no one listens to the people of Mass.


33 posted on 11/26/2005 1:31:30 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: dukeman; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
Boston controversy over 'Holiday Tree'
34 posted on 11/26/2005 10:47:00 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: TomGuy
Holiday Tree That is so dumb.

That's what Lowe's is calling them. I guess the PC memo went out. Expect to see more in the future.

35 posted on 11/27/2005 5:29:08 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Lady Jag
The local NBC channel performed a poll two days ago, which they have since taken down. Final vote was over 94% wanted it to remaina "Christmas Tree". Somehow no one listens to the people of Mass.

Then one wonders why those folks elect the leaders they do...

36 posted on 11/27/2005 5:31:44 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: dukeman; Coleus

To deny the Christian aspect of the Christmas tree is also to deny the historical aspect - the evergreen was adopted to replace the pagan symbol that was the oak tree, in order to symbolize the eternity, the 'evergreen' of God.


37 posted on 11/27/2005 9:43:19 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: dukeman
Today, the Mayor and the Parks Commissioner responded and now concede the tree will be called a Christmas tree.

Seems so silly to try to call it a 'Holiday tree'. After all, what other religion has a decorated tree in its decorations? Jews have their Menorahs, folks who celebrate Kwanzaa have their Unity candles, but no other group except Christians honoring the birth of Christ with their Christmas celebrations use a tree in their decorations, so why call it anything else?

38 posted on 11/27/2005 12:18:14 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Aquinasfan
That's what Lowe's is calling them.

Lowe's has done an about-face on that.
It's Sears with their "Wish Trees" that slays me!

39 posted on 11/30/2005 6:38:35 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Buck W.

I suspect the tree providor wasn't around in 1917. ; )


40 posted on 12/01/2005 7:42:38 PM PST by NorthOf45
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