Saturday, November 26, 2005

Boston "Holiday Tree" Provokes Objections

On Friday, Reuters reported on the furor in Boston when the city officially renamed a giant tree erected in a city park a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree." Evangelist Jerry Falwell complained that "there's been a concerted effort to steal Christmas". Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he would keep calling the Nova Scotia spruce a "Christmas tree" regardless of what it said on the city's official Web site.

UPDATE: The Christian Post on Nov. 27 reports that after being threatened by Liberty Counsel with a law suit over changing the name of its tree, Boston Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak told the Boston Herald, "This is a Christmas tree. It's definitely a Christmas tree."