Too PC over Christmas tree?

December 17, 2009 4:38:55 AM PST
The Town of Cary is facing criticism after they labeled a decorated tree as a "community tree."Cary Town Councilman Don Frantz says the Town of Cary is being a little too politically correct by naming a decorated masterpiece inside town hall -- a community tree -- and referring to a huge lighted tree outside as a holiday tree.

"Over the years, we've just heard concerns from our citizens that, you know, hey, it's a Christmas tree, let's call it what it is," Frantz said. "To call a Christmas tree anything other than a Christmas tree would be like calling the Jewish Menorah a candelabra."

He is proposing officially naming each tree for Christmas during next month's council meeting.

"I'm sympathetic to both sides," Frantz said. "So what I've done is I've not proposed that we change the town's name of our holiday celebration, Heart of the Holidays."

A town spokeswoman says the trees have always had their current names. They've never removed the word Christmas from anything and if the council votes to rename them they'll comply.

Residents say that suites them just fine.

"The tree symbolizes Christmas, you know," Morrisville resident Cherian Mathew said. "Anybody who sees that, oh they'll say it's a Christmas tree. You ask a child, they wouldn't call it anything else but a Christmas tree."

However, some residents say they do not mind.

"It is a community tree, because now the Town of Cary should be doing all they can do for the community," said Minister Shayl Ben-Wah with Children of Yisrael.

It would take four votes to get the proposal passed.

Councilman Frantz says he already has three supporters on the council and feels confident about a fourth.

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