The pusillanimous pipsqueak Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, recently ignited a firestorm by calling the Christmas tree unveiled in the state capitol a “holiday” tree. All about “diversity” or something, as if we celebrate something called holiday on December 25.
This PC silliness has been spreading over the years and thankfully a lot of the good folks in Rhode Island aren’t standing for it.
Carolers singing “O Christmas Tree” crashed Rhode Island’s Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a “holiday” tree.
Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island’s founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But his seasonal semantics incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to secularize Christmas.
“He’s trying to put our religion down,” said Ken Schiano of Cranston, who came to the tree lighting after hearing about the controversy. “It’s a Christmas tree. It always has been and it always will be, no matter what that buffoon says it is.”
Chafee did not address the several hundred people who filled the Statehouse to watch the tree lighting. Afterward, he said he was surprised by the heated reaction to his word choice. Chafee argues that he is simply honoring Rhode Island’s origins as a sanctuary for religious diversity.
That’s all well and good, but it’s also not a sanctuary from Christianity, either.
One of the protesters sang “O’ Holy Night”:
Can’t wait for the angry denunciations from the secular left about how intolerant it is to crash a statehouse.