Thursday, December 7, 2006

Hastert Battles Democrat Over National "Christmas" Tree

By Rick Pearcey

"When Democrats won control of Congress in November's election, the victory may have reignited a controversy many Americans thought had been settled a year ago -- and that is what to call the national tree in front of the U.S. Capitol.

"In 2005, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., instructed federal officials to refer to it as the 'Capitol Christmas Tree,' after having been called the 'Capitol Holiday Tree' since the 1990s.

"But at last night's lighting ceremony for the 65-foot Pacific Silver Fir, the Democrat senator from the tree's home state of Washington never used the word 'Christmas' in her speech to the assembled crowd, opting instead for the term 'holiday tree' twice. . . .

"When it finally came to the actual lighting of the decorations, House Speaker Hastert used the word 'Christmas' at least a dozen times, and referred to the tree itself exclusively as a 'Christmas tree.'"

The rest of the article is here. HT -- Joe Kovacs, WorldNetDaily

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

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