First of all, the state should not put up a Christmas tree in the center of the Capital Rotunda. Like it or not, agree or disagree, it is a Christian symbol. Like it or not, agree or disagree, this is not a Christian nation.
A decorated tree does not connote or relate to anything but Christmas. It’s not a “holiday tree”, as the politically-correct police would have us say. The decorated tree is not a symbol of Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans’ Day, New Year, nor any other holiday. It is a symbol of Christmas.
It is not a Hanukkah Bush.
Second, could we please not waste any more time debating this? Could we not have any more segments on TV and talk radio arguing about what to call it? Could we stop saying that the phrase “holiday tree” is an attack on Christianity? (I’m not sure…has Fox News dragged out that annual warhorse yet, or is it too soon to talk about the attack on Christianity?)
And, third, would the media be kind enough to stop the knee-jerk reaction to be the first to get Annie Laurie Gaylor (Freedom From Religion Foundation) to comment on the non-existent controversy?
Take a look at the photo above: where do you suppose it was taken – Dallas? Chicago? Montreal?
Where it is referred to as a Christmas tree.