When Canadian logger Donnie Hatt declared he would rather toss the 48-foot tall conifer he donated to Boston into the chipper than have it referred to as a “Holiday Tree”, I shared his outrage. The Boston City council was presented with the perfect opportunity to restore the so-called "holiday season" to the godless, sterile celebration of banality that our founding fathers intended, but they blew it with a half-assed attempt at appeasing the Christian right. Now millions of non-Christian Bostonians will feel offended, excluded, and annoyed because of their cowardice.
As much as Boston officials would like to pass off their “Holiday Tree” as a purely secular spruce, the very word “holiday” implies that there is actually something to celebrate – a clear violation of the Constitutional separation of Church and State. While I sympathize with Hatt's anger over this affront to our civil liberties, it is not the tree, but "Christmas" itself that must be renamed.
Created by Jerry Falwell and the Christian Coalition to inject religion in our schools, annoy atheists, and turn media attention away from the plight of the homeless, Christmas is merely a means to destroy the wall between Church and State and impose a fascist theocracy on us all. In order to protect our democracy for future generations, the name of the holiday itself must be changed from “Christmas” to something less religious and unlikely to arouse public interest or excitement. Something like “Cindy Sheehan Book Signing”, for instance. Or "Kwaanza".
Whatever we decide to call it, the "holiday" season must not be allowed to divide our nation any longer.