Councilwoman resigns because the council votes to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of a council that is exclusionary or to work with a Mayor who is such,” Storey sternly wrote in her resignation letter. She also charged that calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree “cuts non-Christians out of the loop and favors one religion.”
Exactly what else would she expect it to be called? I don’t recall any other religions or holidays decorating evergreen trees with lights and baubles other than Christmas. So calling it a “Holiday tree” may sound better to her atheist sensibilities, but even she admits in her resignation letter, it’s still a Christmas tree, otherwise it wouldn’t be there at all!
I’m sure everyone is welcome to attend the festivities and look at the pretty tree being lit. And I doubt there will be anyone checking religious affiliations at the entrance. So what’s the big deal?
In cities where they have a lighting of the Menorah in celebration of Hannukah are they supposed to now call that a “candle lighting” for fear of “excluding” people?
This is ludicrous. Those who are interested can attend. Those are not are don’t have to. Just appreciate our differences and stop trying to homogenize everyone and everything.
And in case you need precedence… the White House still has a National Christmas Tree (not a Holiday tree).
And what song did they play at it’s lighting last year? “Joy to the World”! You know that first verse right?
“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!”
Photo credit White House (Notice the sign on the wagon in the photo? It says “White House Christmas Tree”!)