Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taking offense

The governor of the state in which I live has broken a twenty-five year practice by calling the tree placed annually in the rotunda of our state capitol [in December for some reason] a "Christmas" tree. Outrage ensues:
PlaqueWe can always count on Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Madison-based "Freedom From Religion Foundation" to point out how horribly offensive and insensitive this is:
"The reason that it was turned into a holiday tree was to avoid this connotation that the governor chooses one religion over another," she said. "It's essentially a discourtesy by the governor to announce that. He intends that to be a slight and a snub to non-Christians, otherwise he would not do it."
For their part, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has never been all that concerned about offending people. Every year, their contribution to the annual Christmas display in the Capitol Rotunda is a sign that reads: "At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
First Shot Fired in this Year's "War on Christmas" - Ricochet.com, Walker says it's a Christmas, not holiday, tree - JSOnline