Walker Taking Heat For Christmas Tree
Gov. Scott Walker is taking some heat for calling a decorated tree in the center of Wisconsin’s Capitol Rotunda a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree. The tree is adorned with ornaments and has a star at the top.
The roughly 30-foot tall tree had been called a Christmas tree since it was first displayed in 1916 until 1985 when the name was changed to the more generic holiday tree.
The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed calling it a Christmas tree, saying it would offend nonreligious people and amount to a government endorsement of Christianity.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie told the Associated Press that it’s a Christmas tree and he doesn’t know what more to say about it. The tree is on display from late November to early January.