Christmas used as political tool, or not

Holiday wishes from the White House
Conservative Christian activists on the political scene have hoped to capitalize on the success of Manuel Zamorano. The U.S. holiday tree on Capitol Hill was renamed the U.S. Christmas tree this month, though the White House may not have gotten the message in time.

The White House 2005 holiday card, which says, “With best wishes for a holiday season of hope and happiness 2005,” has no religious symbolism other than a quote from the book of Psalms. When First Lady Laura Bush unveiled the Christmas tree November 29 at the White House, she concluded brief remarks with “Happy Holidays.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State director Barry Lynn asked mockingly about the White House omissions, “Where is Jerry Falwell?” Lynn noted in a news release that Falwell had announced before Halloween that he would sue public schools and government entities that failed to acknowledge the Christian holiday.

 

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