Skip to comments.Rhode Island Outraged Over “Holiday Tree”
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 states 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.
Hes 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 whats passed in the House of Representatives, she said. Thats more concerning than anything else.
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La Palma, CA also calls it “holiday tree”
Laguna Beach “holiday lighting”
Chaffey cancels the ceremony
Chafee didn’t leave the Republican party soon enough.
***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’.
Hey, Rhode Island elected that milquetoast faggot Chafee and they deserve exactly what they voted for.
Cultural Marxism continues.
You said it!....
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.
I wonder if the old atheist is aware that the word "holiday" is derived from "holy day"?
GOP pols like him who change parties for political expediency show just how far to the left a lot of Republican politicians actually are.
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.
How about tolerating Christianity?
He should be boiled in pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
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!
We Americans wouldn’t want to “offend” our muzzie friends with our Christianity now, would we?
Hi Gramma. Hope you have been well.
Yep! Hope you have been, too, Doug!!!
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.
>> They deserved it
Let’s start banding together regadless of how blue the given state might be.
Too funny, you’re gonna make some heads explode !!
Which “Holiday” would that be? 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day (sarc)
Which “Holiday” would that be? 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day (sarc)
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!”
I also noticed that all of the radio commercials now talk about the “holiday season” instead of the Christmas season. The power of revision.
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.
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.
How long before Chafee demands a change to the state capital's name?
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.
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.
I guess the question would be, “Which Holiday does the tree signify?”
“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?
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...
What ‘holiday’ would that be?
“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.
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.
And yet even that doesn't explain why the left can't stand the word "Christmas"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but which religion is the question. Maybe the'll be happy with totally made up aluminum pole festivus trees or kwanzaa candle holders.
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?
College Reverses Christmas Tree Ban
By Todd Starnes
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.
Its 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 Societys 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.
Were 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.
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!
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.
-——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.