Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin is making political waves again by referring to the changed holiday tree as a “Christmas tree”. In a letter to teachers, parent and youth of Wisconsin as reported by Wisbusiness.com it said:
“As the holiday season comes, I am excited to announce that the Christmas tree displayed in our State Capitol will have homemade ornaments created by Wisconsin’s youth,” said Governor Walker. “I am hopeful we receive ornaments from all across Wisconsin so that we are able to showcase the diversity that makes up our great state. I invite all Wisconsin residents to stop by the Capitol and view our state’s holiday display.”
Of course not everyone is thrilled of the renewed label referring to Christ as part of the “Christmas” holiday. Annie Laurie Gaylor, the co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation had some choice words for the Governor telling Billy Hallowell caught from The Blaze caught up with her; he reported:
During our exchange, she dismissed Walker as “…a Teabagger governor wearing religion on his sleeves“ and claimed that his recent decision is rooted in an effort to appeal to ”religious right” voters. Furthermore, she made it clear that she believes the governor is trampling on the rights of non-believing citizens.
When I asked the famed atheist leader why she opposes calling the decorated tree what many claim it is — a Christmas tree — she said, “Because it’s not inclusive.”
Commentary: I’m not at all shocked that the co-president of the largest atheist organization would use sexually explicit language to describe someone with which she disagrees as many of those who cry from the far left fringes of society haven’t a moral compass by which they are guided and in that we should pray for them.
However, she states that calling a Christmas tree just that, that it’s somehow not inclusive but I would say that not calling it a Christmas tree is what isn’t inclusive. A Gallup poll consistently shows that more than 51% of Americans view Christmas as a strongly religious holiday. Add to that an additional 31% who view it as somewhat religious and you can easily conclude that 82% of Americans celebrate Christ in Christmas.
The idea that on any issue on any subject you could reach 100% inclusion is a fundamentally flawed ideal. The closest we could ever get to achieving 100% inclusion is what our country’s governance is founded on…. A Republic form of governance in which not just a barely majority rules but a super majority is what it takes to enforce laws on the people.
This is also true for societal issues that aren’t expressly written into law; we attempt to include the highest percentage of citizens in a given issue but never force the minority to submit to the will of the majority, we simply allow them non-participation.
However, the Freedom from Religious Foundation’s cause is to prevent entirely the majority of Americans who espouse faith and in particularly the Christian faith from being able to participate in the expression of that faith in public under the pretext that society is infringing on their Constitutional right of being without religion when in fact no one is forcing faith on them and there are no Constitutional protections from being exposed to the faith of other citizens; only that the government will not create a religion and force its citizens to participation of one faith.
It will take citizens who are as bold as Governor Walker and others that we’ve reported on to take the heat of the super minority of the FFRF, a member organization of just 17,000 (a percentage of Americans to infantile to put in this article), to take the cause all the way back to the Supreme Court so they can clarify a decision the Court made in 1947 regarding the First Amendment.
How does an organization that doesn’t represent even 1% of Americans get the power to dictate local policy? They must have members with deep pockets to be able to withstand such expenses as costly litigation….think about it.
They can only dictate to us if we do what they ask; otherwise they would fade away never to be heard from again.