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So I know Riley thanks for watching us tonight ten heads in toyland that is a subject of this evening's talking points memo for the past fifteen years we have stood up for Christmas here on the -- Swatting away insane attempts by secular progressives to diminish the national holiday.
These actual widespread in fact John Gibson.
Wrote an entire book documenting the worst of them.
This year most retail companies are saying Merry Christmas but you may remember a few years ago some companies actually ordered their employees not to say.
But in the nation's public schools the battle over Christmas sometimes still pops up.
For example -- Fort Worth, Texas independent school district sent a memo to staff saying that if students are allowed to exchange cards or gifts on school property this year.
Then the district.
Would be required to allow students to distribute religious messages along with the guests.
Required by whom.
Forward schools spokesman Clint bond put it this way.
We have students and and parents who don't see Santa Claus.
As the icons for this time of year so we have to be concerned about what their feelings are as well.
Slowly get this straight.
If an image of Santa Claus is seen on school property some students might be depressed.
As soon as we began calling down to Fort Worth the tone changed.
The district cannot endorse.
Or promote or Foster any particular religious belief or doctrine.
So what we're saying on our it in our policy about seasonal celebrations.
You basically use common sense you know any of that current icons that are out there like Santa Claus or Christmas trees are.
You know snowflakes or any of those other icons that we all use -- find for the classroom.
-- but we're glad the school district will not deny it student's freedom of speech and expression.
And since Christmas remains a federal holiday.
It might mean ice for all American teachers to explain to the origins why that is.
But who on this earth who on this earth can explain Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.
Every year the ocean state puts up a big tree in the public square this year some folks one of the governor to call -- a Christian history but to quote John Belushi no.
Governor Chafee insists it's a holiday tree.
Lawmakers voted to call this a Christmas tree but the governor called it a holiday tree.
I have my own religious views but I.
As a government official wanna keep it separate.
Yes I am.
Amazingly done off the charts stupid.
Governor -- must know that the Christmas tree display began in Germany in the sixteenth century.
For these specific purpose of providing celebratory decorations.
For December 25 the date of birth of Jesus is on.
We -- governor to appear on the factor so we could explain to him some history.
Predictably he's hiding under stacks but here's my question and maybe his staff can relay it to the governor who's on the flow.
What holiday exactly is the Rhode Island tree representing governor.
Whether he doesn't -- javy is offended far more people than any Christmas tree America.
Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in the name of tolerance.
Well how about a bit of tolerance towards folks who respect Christmas traditions about 90% of us.
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