If Christmas Is One of the Holidays Being Celebrated, What Is It That’s Wrong with a Christmas Tree?
Just in case the point hasn’t been made yet: Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision that he’d like the word Christmas hidden from public view to the degree he can control, for reasons of “inclusiveness”, at a statehouse “holiday” celebration that has something to do with this time of year, is not coherent. If the holidays being celebrated today include Christmas, then there should be no problem calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. But if Christmas is regarded by the official host of today’s affair as a curse-word likely to give offense, then it makes little sense to recognize the event a celebration of Christmas — in turn raising the question of what exactly it is that’s being celebrated.
The ambiguity leaves citizens who want to celebrate Christmas in an awkward position. Are we expected to celebrate whatever the state tells us to celebrate at the designated date and time, regardless of meaning? Or should we be happy to be admitted through the metaphorical back entrance to the celebration, warmly invited to participate, so long as we don’t talk too obviously about our reason for showing up?
It’s hard to see how putting people into this quandry can turn out well, or why a leader should want to create this problem for his fellow citizens in the first place.
In his weekly column on the WPRO website, Matt Allen has a view on the question of why…
The real reason why Governor Chafee is calling the state tree a Holiday Tree instead of a Christmas tree is to lecture you on the “proper” way to operate a society in a progressive fashion. This move is reminiscent of the infamous “guns and religion” comments made by President Obama. These political twin brothers both have this idea that people who take part in old customs like putting up a Christmas Tree in a public place are behind the times and need to step into a more diverse and global society. Because they worship government and government programs as the one true savior they look at people with traditional American values as cavemen who haven’t yet discovered fire.