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It's Called 'Christmas,' Stupid
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has designated the traditional state Christmas tree as the "holiday tree." So, what holiday does the tree represent — Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years, or Eid al-Fitr? Are our holidays now interchangeable, or are they one big homogeneous politically correct melting pot? Imagine walking through Macy's and hearing, "Silver bells, silver bells. It's Kwanzaa time in the city. Ring-a-ling, soon it will be Eid al-Fitr."
It's a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree. It has always been a Christmas tree, and you can call it a holiday tree, but every two-year-old knows it's a Christmas tree. No one is being fooled. Those afraid to mouth the word "Christmas," as if it were some sort of obscenity, just appear foolish.
The University of California, Berkeley, provides a prayer room in the student union for Muslim students, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn has installed footbaths for Muslim students, as have a dozen other universities. A technical school in Minnesota has installed footbaths, but the coffee cart's Christmas music has been turned off as a violation of the separation of church and state and, perhaps, insulting to those taking a footbath.
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