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Poll: Christmas Tree or Holiday Tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hosting a "holiday tree" lighting next week, despite objections.

Holiday tree or Christmas tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is calling the 17-foot spruce tree that will be lit inside the Statehouse rotunda a "holiday tree," even though the General Assembly passed a resolution calling it a "Christmas tree" earlier this year.

According to The Providence Journal, the governor is defending his use of the term, saying it honors Rhode Island's heritage as a refuge for religious tolerance three centuries ago. Some state lawmakers criticize his position, and an Associated Press story on the issue has been picked up across the country. News outlets such as The Washington Post, MSNBC and the Huffington Post have all run with the story.

The governor is inviting all Rhode Islanders to join him and his wife for the annual lighting next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

MeanE November 30, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Will the State House have menorah? Will it be called a holiday candle holder?
Scott Madison November 30, 2011 at 07:08 PM
What an idiot......
Joe Smith November 30, 2011 at 08:17 PM
You have to wonder if the Governor has actually *read* the Royal Charter from which he is fond of referencing or merely has his staff get cherry-picked quotes from the document. Really, the Royal Charter also says that the people may "win and invite" the "native Indians of the country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Saviour of mankind."
john boscardin November 30, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Linc was elected by 33% of the voters....Where ae those 33 percenters now? Probably trying to scrape the "vote Chafee" sticker off their car. Linc is ill-equipped to hold any elected ofice,
John Doe November 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Chafee is a boob. It is a Christmas tree. December 25th is the federal holiday: Christmas. A tree is a symbol of the holiday. It is for Christmas, no other holiday. Stop trying to be so politically correct.
susan amelia smith December 01, 2011 at 05:02 AM
could not have said it any better!
j December 01, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Where was the criticism when Carcieri used this term? What's the meaning of "Christmas tree" in Rhode Island? Just an irrelevant (to governing ability) issue being used to further political agendas. Now THAT's sad. Go find something else to pick on the man about and leave my tree alone!
Tired of Tired December 01, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Thank the ALCU whack-jobs for starting this nonsense. Robots like the missing Linc are too stupid to do anything but follow. He doesn't have the sack to say "Christmas" for fear of losing some of his 33% of votes. I agree, leave my Christmas tree alone. @MeanE: Holiday candle holder! :o)
P O V December 01, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Is there a "holiday tree" for New Years ?.....nope Is there a "holiday tree" for Memorial Day? .....nope Is there a "holiday tree" for Thanksgiving? ....nope Is there a "holiday tree" for Lincoln's birthday? .... nope. Is there a "holiday tree" for the seven days of Kwannzaa?.... nope We like Cherry Pie for Washington's Bithday Fireworks for 4th of July and CHRISTMAS Trees ... If Linc wants a geneneric symbol....use the PEACE SIGN.
Scott Madison December 02, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Obama just lit the National Christmas Tree tonight in Washington DC on the Ellipse, between the National Mall and White House. Hey "Missing Linc", get a clue.... http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45515983/ns/today-holiday_guide/#.TtgeJ7LhdgQ ACLU go home.... Case closed..... Linc, it's not your fault, your just stupid....
NKGOP Watch December 02, 2011 at 09:27 AM
Remember that loser on our school committee JANICE DEFRANCES? Yeah the lady who showed up 40% of the time. The one who Jim Hummel did an expose because her pal Halley sent her kid to prep school with special ed money? Then voted to pay guilty Halley with that hideous buyout wwe all had to pay? Gov Chafee, after a "national search" appointed that cracker DeFrances to head up DCYF! Chaffee doesnt care about children, or ethics. Just patronage, and his nutty version of reality.
NKGOP Watch December 02, 2011 at 09:28 AM
By the way O'Reilly made fun of Chaffee tonight big time for this! Great. Another claim to fame for RI.

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