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Rhode Island Outraged Over “Holiday Tree”
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Posted on 11/27/2012 9:05:17 PM PST by doug from upland

By Todd Starnes

A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee “Governor Grinch” after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state would have a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the state’s founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance – where government and religion were kept separate.

Instead of arguing over the tree, the governor called on lawmakers to focus their energy on feeding the poor.

“I would encourage all those engaged in this discussion – whatever their opinion on the matter – to use their energy and enthusiasm to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow Rhode Islanders,” Chafee told the Associated Press.

But Rep. Doreen Costa, called the governor a “Grinch.”

“He’s just to the left as far as left as you can possibly be,” the Republican lawmaker told Fox News & Commentary. “He tries to be politically correct 24-7.”

Costa sponsored a resolution last January declaring the tree customarily erected in December be referred to as a “Christmas tree and not as a ‘holiday tree’ or other non-traditional terms.”

“He is refusing to honor what’s passed in the House of Representatives,” she said. “That’s more concerning than anything else.”

(Excerpt) Read more at radio.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chafeeisanass; christmas; christmastree; notthisshitagain; waronchristmas
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1 posted on 11/27/2012 9:05:25 PM PST by doug from upland
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La Palma, CA also calls it “holiday tree”

http://www.cityoflapalma.org/index.aspx?nid=310


2 posted on 11/27/2012 9:07:02 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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Laguna Beach “holiday lighting”

http://www.montagelagunabeach.com/openhouse/laguna-beach-tree-lighting.php


3 posted on 11/27/2012 9:09:04 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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Chaffey cancels the ceremony

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/ri-governor-who-changed-christmas-tree-to-holiday-tree-inexplicably-cancels-this-years-tree-lighting/


4 posted on 11/27/2012 9:11:00 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

Chafee didn’t leave the Republican party soon enough.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 9:11:00 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: doug from upland

***Instead of arguing over the tree, the governor called on lawmakers to focus their energy on feeding the poor.***

That’s just what’s being done, Governor.

It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone’.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 9:24:28 PM PST by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: doug from upland

Hey, Rhode Island elected that milquetoast faggot Chafee and they deserve exactly what they voted for.


7 posted on 11/27/2012 9:25:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: doug from upland

Cultural Marxism continues.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 9:30:06 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: MichaelCorleone

You said it!....


9 posted on 11/27/2012 9:34:56 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: doug from upland

A holiday tree ( or bush ) is what one buys in Muslim countries where Christmas is illegal. I’ve done it. Just thought they would like to know.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 9:36:33 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: doug from upland
A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee “Governor Grinch” after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state would have a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

I wonder if the old atheist is aware that the word "holiday" is derived from "holy day"?

11 posted on 11/27/2012 9:37:22 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: Paleo Conservative

GOP pols like him who change parties for political expediency show just how far to the left a lot of Republican politicians actually are.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 9:40:20 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: doug from upland

Possibly more interesting is that the notion of a Christmas tree, or even celebrating Christmas as a uniquely special day, wasn’t done among the early New England settlers. It was a German custom.

In fact, the Christmas tree didn’t show up in America till at earliest around 1800 and didn’t really become popular till mid-century or later.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 9:41:53 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: doug from upland

How about tolerating Christianity?


14 posted on 11/27/2012 9:59:24 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: doug from upland

He should be boiled in pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.


15 posted on 11/27/2012 10:03:43 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: doug from upland

My new Governor called it like it is. She said a Christmas tree is just that and a Menorah is NOT a candle holder!

Get yourself OVER here, Doug! Tell you-know-who that there’s lots of you-know-what shops here!!! And they’re really nice people.

Come on over, Dude!


16 posted on 11/27/2012 10:05:02 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: doug from upland

We Americans wouldn’t want to “offend” our muzzie friends with our Christianity now, would we?


17 posted on 11/27/2012 10:23:57 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Hi Gramma. Hope you have been well.


18 posted on 11/27/2012 10:32:34 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

Yep! Hope you have been, too, Doug!!!

Merry Christmas!


19 posted on 11/27/2012 10:37:41 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (Psalm 83)
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Let’s get rid of Rhode Island.

Combine Rhode Island, Conn, Mass, Vt, Maine, NH into 1 state and give it 1 electoral vote.

We can combine NY and NJ while we’re at it, and give them 1 vote also.


20 posted on 11/27/2012 10:40:27 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Lancey Howard

>> They deserved it

Let’s start banding together regadless of how blue the given state might be.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 10:44:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: oldbrowser

I remember.

Too funny, you’re gonna make some heads explode !!


22 posted on 11/27/2012 10:47:21 PM PST by onona (It's a good day to celebrate life, so I shall !)
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To: doug from upland

Which “Holiday” would that be? 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day (sarc)


23 posted on 11/27/2012 11:04:26 PM PST by drinktheobamakoolaid (There is still time to make a difference)
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To: doug from upland

Which “Holiday” would that be? 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day (sarc)


24 posted on 11/27/2012 11:04:53 PM PST by drinktheobamakoolaid (There is still time to make a difference)
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To: doug from upland

More PC horse sh*t, featuring a lame governor who’s too cowardly to come out as an atheist anti-Christian, so he attempts to defend his BS by hiding behind some moldy - and utterly irrelevant - old religious dissident of three hundred fifty years ago.

Strap some b*lls on, Governor Chickensh*t, and say what you mean: “I wanted to take a cr*p on Christians and Christianity, and show how hip I am with the current trend in bashing American traditions, and that’s what I did!”


25 posted on 11/27/2012 11:50:18 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: doug from upland

I also noticed that all of the radio commercials now talk about the “holiday season” instead of the Christmas season. The power of revision.


26 posted on 11/28/2012 12:10:09 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: Gene Eric
Let’s start banding together regadless of how blue the given state might be.

Sure, ping me when they want to get some common courtesy and join the decent humans.
Or, I can just check the next election results.

FRegards,
LH

27 posted on 11/28/2012 12:13:05 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

My point, LH, is that many “blue” states have a large proportion of Conservatives even though the percentage might not be the majority. And in the case there’s a small percentage, it would be good to account for that minority as well.


28 posted on 11/28/2012 12:21:26 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: AlmaKing

BTTT


29 posted on 11/28/2012 12:27:24 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: doug from upland
Shhhh...!
Don't tell the scumbag Democrats that "holiday" is merely the one-word version of "holy day".
30 posted on 11/28/2012 12:30:06 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Arthur McGowan
How about tolerating Christianity?

How long before Chafee demands a change to the state capital's name?

31 posted on 11/28/2012 1:02:51 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Republican1795.

Why listen to any show that runs such ads? I suggest turning it off and telling them why. We may not have the strength and the numbers to stop the revisionism, but we sure don’t have to support it.


32 posted on 11/28/2012 1:22:24 AM PST by Hepsabeth
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To: doug from upland

Don’t forget that Chaffee was FULLY SUPPORTED by the Republican Establishment on his last Senate re-election bid. That even included personal campaigning by President Bush. He still lost. And by that time, he was nearly voting in line with the Democrats.

Why was he supported by The Establishment so strongly on what was a hopeless race anyway (to the point where others probably lost due to Chaffee taking money)?

1) He was an incumbent
2) He wasn’t a conservative

That’s it. Those are the rules if you want money from the Republican Senatorial Committee, or whoever they are.


33 posted on 11/28/2012 3:48:28 AM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: doug from upland

I guess the question would be, “Which Holiday does the tree signify?”


34 posted on 11/28/2012 4:01:44 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

“A holiday tree ( or bush ) is what one buys in Muslim countries where Christmas is illegal.”

Then this is a “holiday tree”; I hope retailers have a miserable “holiday season”. They deserve it for running ads saying “20 days left” and “ten days left” without ever saying “Christmas”...Ten days left to what?


35 posted on 11/28/2012 4:07:18 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Republican1795.

We just got out first “holiday card” from friends of my wife; it has a picture of their 2 kids on a beach (and makes no mention of Christmas, though both were baptized Christians).

How stupid; what Christian would even send such a card? It would be as suitable in March or August...


36 posted on 11/28/2012 4:10:29 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: doug from upland

What ‘holiday’ would that be?


37 posted on 11/28/2012 4:29:19 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: doug from upland

“festival of trees” “festival of lights” “holiday tree”. Anything so they don’t call it Christmas!

I’m tired of politicians kissing the a$$e$ of people who would slice our necks if we tried to put up a Christmas tree in their countries.


38 posted on 11/28/2012 4:37:14 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: kearnyirish2

That beach card is sent to show friends that they took a vacation and that their children are beautiful. It’s all about them. Certainly, it’s not about honoring the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

If we are too ashamed of being a Christian to send the “good tidings of great joy,” we aren’t much of a Christian.


39 posted on 11/28/2012 4:43:27 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Sherman Logan
"In fact, the Christmas tree didn’t show up in America till at earliest around 1800 and didn’t really become popular till mid-century or later."

And yet even that doesn't explain why the left can't stand the word "Christmas"

40 posted on 11/28/2012 4:57:51 AM PST by Sam's Army
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To: Sam's Army

Quite true.

But I’ve always found it interesting how recent some of our customs are.

In colonial New England celebrating Christmas was frowned on and/or illegal.


41 posted on 11/28/2012 5:27:41 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: doug from upland

Christmas tree has nothing to with Christ. This pagan symbol of life was once transformed to tell the story of Christ’s resurrection to a foreign culture but its message is lost on our current culture.


42 posted on 11/28/2012 5:32:56 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: MichaelCorleone

OK, fine, let’s not “argue over the tree”... call it a CHRISTMAS tree and we’ll stop arguing and move on to more important things.


43 posted on 11/28/2012 5:34:02 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sam's Army

Hatred of Christ is becoming more and more pronounced, isn’t it?

That whole “scent of death to the perishing” is starting to burn their nostrils.


44 posted on 11/28/2012 5:35:34 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I would argue that hatred of Christ is off the mark when considering the problem. Closer to the mark would be hatred or at least very strong dislike for Christians or for religion.

Then, we are looking at Rhode Island. As I recall, the state was founded by those fleeing the persecution of Massachusetts Christian zealots. The heritage is not liking Christian rules.


45 posted on 11/28/2012 5:42:17 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: oldbrowser
I wonder if the old atheist is aware that the word "holiday" is derived from "holy day"?

Yes, but which religion is the question. Maybe the'll be happy with totally made up aluminum pole festivus trees or kwanzaa candle holders.

46 posted on 11/28/2012 6:58:24 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: doug from upland
” “He tries to be politically correct 24-7.”

So the traditional Santa Claus will now be the genderless, neutral “Winter Season Person” with a slim and trim body and of no identifiable national or racially distinctive facial features or dress.

Additionally there will be no more “naughty and nice” stuff, too judgmental. Instead “Winter Season Person” will keep a data base on the under served and oppressed.

None of this reindeer being forced into involuntary labor either. WSP’s sleigh will be solar powered and of tiny carbon foot print.

Has any PC idea been overlooked?

47 posted on 11/28/2012 7:48:08 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: doug from upland

College Reverses “Christmas” Tree Ban

By Todd Starnes

Oops.

A North Carolina community college that came under fire after they told students they could not use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale — has reversed its decision.

“It’s a misunderstanding based on a legitimate mistake we made,” said Atticus Simpson, vice president of student development at Western Piedmont Community College.

In other words, the college goofed up when they changed the BEST Society’s Christmas tree sale to a Holiday tree sale.

“We thought we were violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by promoting the sale of Christmas trees — which we thought would be promoting one religion over another,” Simpson told Fox News.

The student group contacted Alliance Defending Freedom — a legal advocacy group that handles many First Amendment issues. The ADF promptly sent the college a letter urging them to either reconsider their decision or face possible legal action.

“We’re pleased the college did the right thing,” attorney Matt Sharp told Fox News. “It really is ridiculous they tried to make this club use the word holiday instead of Christmas.”

Sharp said the college has already changed the wording on their website and taking other steps to remedy the situation.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/college-reverses-christmas-tree-ban.html

This is a small town in Western NC, not a liberal city. It created quite an uproar on Facebook and the idiots relented. “Holiday trees”. And what exactly is the “holiday”? I am so sick of these morons!


48 posted on 11/28/2012 7:52:30 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: bert

I think they just want to destroy American traditions, not just Christianity. A lot of our traditions just happen to be based on or represent Christianity. Just look at how they have forced revisionist history into the public schools. The Tea Party participants are now labeled as terrorists.


49 posted on 11/28/2012 8:04:40 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

-——The Tea Party participants are now labeled as terrorists.———

Whereas Richard Trumka as leader of the United Mine Workers, and Bill Ayers from the Weather Underground are real terrorists.


50 posted on 11/28/2012 8:39:03 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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