If it's a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it's a Christmas tree and that's what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert. His office said the tree began to be referred to as the Holiday Tree in the 1990s. Spokesman Ron Bonjean said the reasons were unclear.
The reasons were unclear?
How much longer will the separation of church and state remain unclear to the republicans? If they want to call it a Christmas tree just make sure it shares equal billing with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and every other religion practiced in our great country.
Otherwise it's just a tree wasting electricity.
Jerry Falwell, one of this nation's great thinkers, responded to the Washington Times with his usual level of wisdom:
"The new name drew the ire of Christians and evangelical leader the Rev. Jerry Falwell, whose law group the Liberty Counsel threatened to sue if the tree wasn't rechristened with Christmas."
I hope Ian Siegal of the Jewish Defense League is preparing a similar motion.