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Chuck Pinkey

December 18, 2012

A public Christmaswouldn't be theend of the world

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Is this what we are to become? Are Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh destined to replace the Christ Child and jolly old St. Nick? I hope not.

In addition, we have the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. I’m sure this is just my “imagination,” but for the second year in a row, this fellow insists on calling the Christmas tree, at the state capital, the “holiday tree.”

Polls show that more than 90 percent of Rhode Islanders want to use the term “Christmas tree,” but under the guise of “not wanting to offend any immigrants,” Chafee stands fast with his generic “holiday tree” terminology.

That’s a new one. Usually we get the “establishment of a state-sponsored religion” baloney, if a Christmas tree, manger scene or Christmas carol is seen or sung on public property. My goodness, you’d think the republic would crumble.

“Not wanting to offend any immigrants?” By far, most immigrants are Hispanics, and as far as I know, Hispanics are almost 100 percent Christian, and probably more churchgoing than the general population. I find it a stretch that Chafee believes Hispanics would be the least bit offended by the term “Christmas tree.”

Furthermore, I find it insulting that an immigrant, from any land, might find a simple custom such as Christmas insulting. Have we seen any protests from immigrants regarding our holidays?

Have newly arrived Hispanics, Jews, Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists ever made an issue over Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.? Not to my knowledge.

Then why are people such as Chafee creating an issue, when no problem exists? What are their real motives? Why do he and other secularists wish to remove Christ and any reference to God from all things public? 

Oh! Of course, it’s the Constitution. I love how they pick and choose and read into and interpret the Constitution to suit their political agenda. I enjoy the fancy footwork and smoke and mirrors that have led us to removing Christ and Christmas from public displays on the grounds of a potential “state-established religion.”

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