Finally someone has the stones to call a horse a horse, a shoe a shoe and by golly a Christmas tree a Christmas tree! Gov. Walker of Wisconsin is under fire for issuing a press release calling the big evergreen tree in the capitol building: a Christmas tree.
Walker said Monday that the evergreen decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star in the center of Wisconsin’s Capitol Rotunda is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as it’s been called for the past 25 years.
The roughly 30-foot-tall tree was called a Christmas tree from the first display in 1916 until 1985. That’s when politicians bowed to concerns about government endorsing religion and started referring to it as a holiday tree.
The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed the term Christmas tree, saying it offends nonreligious people and amounts to a government endorsement of Christianity.
The president of that group, Annie Laurie Gaylor, called Walker’s decision rude and insensitive to non-Christians.
Listen folks, I understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas. But what does that have to do with what an evergreen tree; live or fake, is called when it is festooned with sparkly baubles during the months of November, December and early January? Absolutely nothing. You can call it a holiday tree, you can hang it upside down from the ceiling, you can skip buying one and sit at home drinking yourself into a stupor, none of that changes what the thing is!!!
With all that we currently face at home and abroad, we should focus our focus on uplifting others or tackling problems. Leave my Christmas tree alone!!! If you don’t I’ll come by and sing carols on your porch, that’ll teach you!