PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) – After his decision to call the official, 17-foot spruce in the Statehouse rotunda a “holiday” tree, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was flooded with complaints. So he knew, going into this evening’s tree lighting, that he was in for it. So, as a children’s choir sang Christmas carols, he quietly approached the podium, flipped the switch, and just walked away, smiling.RI residents were rightfully upset about Chafee's decision to call this a "Holiday Tree" rather than a "Christmas tree", and had gathered to sing "O Christmas Tree" over Chafee's speech. Except that Chafee took the coward's way out and declined to give a speech, knowing that there was no way he could possibly defend the name change. Rather than face the consequences of his actions, he bravely ran away. I'd like our elected officials to have greater intestinal fortitude than Sir Robin, but I guess that's too much to ask.
Look, here's the thing. It's a Christmas tree whether you want it to be secular or not. There is no other "tree" associated with any other holiday this time of year - there's no Ramadan bush, or Chanukah shrub, or anything else other than a Christmas tree. If you have such a problem with the concept of Christmas as it pertains to state politics, then pass on the whole tree ceremony entirely. No tree, no ceremony, no nothing. Don't insult people by changing the name only and leaving everything else the same. That's a PC cop-out and everyone knows it.
Either walk the walk, or don't talk the talk, you craven politically correct poltroon.
That is all.