Governor Criticized for “Holiday Tree,” Releases Frustrated Statement

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December 4, 2013 by gabnormal


Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was criticized for calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree, because #Jesus.

He made the point that the entire argument was ridiculous, considering there are myriad other things more important to get worked up about, but nonetheless relented and released this statement.

  • In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: “Do what they did last year.”

    Despite the myriad of pressing issues facing Rhode Island and the nation, this presumably happy event became a focal point for too much anger. Strangely lost in the brouhaha was any intellectual discussion of the liberties pioneered here in Rhode Island 350 years ago in our Charter. Because I do not think how we address the State House tree affects our “lively experiment,” this year’s invitation calls the tree a Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas.


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