Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Boston "holiday tree" stirs controversy

By Jason Szep Fri Nov 25, 5:53 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston set off a furor this week when it officially renamed a giant tree erected in a city park a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree."

The move drew an angry response from Christian conservatives, including evangelist Jerry Falwell who heckled Boston officials and pressed the city to change the name back.

"There's been a concerted effort to steal Christmas," Falwell told Fox Television.

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Terry's comment: This just proves what I stated in my earlier post to Demlog on "Christmas Trees." Obviously Falwell doesn't even realize that no one knows the birth date of Jesus and the solstice holidays were stolen by the early Christian church, just as the Yule tree and Tannenbaum were stolen because they were already symbols of joy and new life. The one thing true about Falwell, and others, is that they do believe in tyranny of the majority.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.

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He can have it back. It's always too cold on December 25th anyway.
We spent a Christmas in Papua New Guinea teaching at the uni. Since the solstice and any temperature under 80 are non-starters a couple degrees off the equator the whole Christian/Western commercial Christmas thingy was utterly ludicris. The missionaries work hard, but the concepts fall short with Nationals just out of the jungle.

I'll never forget going to the outdoor market in Boroko with the temperature 102 and the Christmas song that had "Jack Frost nipping at your nose" in the lyrics playing out of the announcement speakers.

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