Christmas tree controversy at the capitol.

Christmas tree controversy at the capitol.

treeThere was another scuffle this week about the place of religious expression at the nation’s capitol. The conservative news site World Net Daily reported earlier this week that the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree program did would not accept children’s ornaments with religious themes such as “Merry Christmas” or a manger. Apparently there was to be no Christ for our nation’s Christmas tree. The Arizona program assembling the ornaments for the program this year posted the restrictions on their website. When Alliance Defense Fund became aware of the restriction, they sent a letter to Arizona officials questioning the validity of limiting religious speech in a decoration program.

A day after WND reported the controversy, officials from the office of the Architect of the Capitol, who administer the program in Washington, rescinded the restrictions, claiming these were old restrictions that had since been overturned.

“That was old information, improperly distributed. We have rescinded those guidelines,” Eva Malecki, of the office of the Architect of the Capitol, said. “We apologize for any misunderstanding.”

Although a minor misunderstanding, it is another illustration of the illogic of many attempting to limit religious speech in our nation’s capitol and the fact that simply speaking up can reverse the tide.

  • steve
    Posted at 05:23h, 05 October

    You can believe that had no one said anything, they never would have ‘rescinded’ anything. We’ve witnessed through the years the incremental elimination of any thing that has to do with Christianity in America under the guise of the ‘separation of church and state’; it’s about time we stood up a stopped it.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 12:34h, 05 October

    Great job to WND for picking up on this story. Although a Christmas tree is just that (a tree)——not having Christ in CHRISTMAS is appalling. And he calls himself Christian?? I think not. Since when has ANY president made sure there was to be no religious items on a christmas tree??? Very questionable as to what faith our President has.

  • Ursula
    Posted at 22:54h, 05 October

    I think the President’s history and actions make it abundantly clear that he is a Muslim, pretending to be a Christian.

  • blogger970
    Posted at 14:20h, 07 October

    I think it should be clarified that Pres. Obama was not involved in the ban on religious items for the tree. It was an outdated rule mistakenly placed on the website.

  • KD
    Posted at 21:14h, 13 October

    The rule against relious ornaments was put in place in 2007.

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