Poll: Christmas Tree, Or Holiday Tree?

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


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.

Earlier today, the Providence Journal also released the findings of a PolitiFact review, which found that local radio talk show host John DePetro falsely claimed that former Gov. Donald Carcieri had used the term "Christmas tree" for all eight years of his administration.

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.

What do you think? Let us know by voting in our poll, and adding your comments below.

Paul Ruggeri December 15, 2011 at 09:37 PM
*I* said those things. Shows you how well JTP cares to get even basic facts correct.
Paul Auger December 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM
gee I knew it would be said by some one I like
David Bouchard December 16, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Paul - can you clarify that "genital as doves" thing?
Paul Auger December 16, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Dave my bad that was a typo. gentle i meant gentle I was quoting to bible verses John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.If JTP really believed this he would no make it about him but he would make this about his god, by Joe is making this about Joe, He is right, He is the victim He is being picked on. Joe is not worried about his god joe is worried about promoting Joe the next was Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Joe shows little or no wisdom.he wont back up his post with facts and when he does is not open to peer review, He dose not double check his research as evidenced by his quoting Paul R as me! Further more Joe will not admit when he made a mistake as I did with my typo. Joe is not gentle, at all. as his god commended him to be -- like a dove. But you know what Jesus says Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Seems to me the only fruit Joe bears is sour grapes.
Rob Borkowski December 16, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Hi, everyone. Thanks for your input and your ideas on this debate. This thread is now closed to further comments. Please continue to add your views to the ongoing discussions in our towns. We look forward to continuing to host other thought-provoking discussions on our sites.


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