Sen. Blanche Lincoln can’t say Merry Christmas?
by John Allison III
Every Christmas season of late has been plagued by the controversy of how to appropriately greet one another during the season set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. According to a Rasmussen poll last month, 72% of Americans prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting and only 22% prefer “Happy Holidays.”
I think it’s probably safe to assume a conservative state like Arkansas, nestled snugly inside the Bible Belt, would lean more heavily in favor of “Merry Christmas.” But even if the poll accurately represents Arkansans’ thinking on this issue, an Arkansas politician who chooses to use the secular “Happy Holidays” is likely to offend more voters than one who uses the traditional Christmas greeting.
Today, Senator Blanche Lincoln demonstrated once again just how far out of touch she is with the people of Arkansas with her “Holiday Greeting.” Though 86% of Arkansans identify themselves as Christian, Lincoln doesn’t once recognize this as a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Perhaps she feels more comfortable with the “freethinking” Winter Solstice worshipers who recently won the right to adorn the Arkansas State Capitol with their pagan display.
Lincoln sent the following email to her constituents earlier today:
Dear Fellow Arkansan,
As you gather together to celebrate with your family this holiday, I encourage you to embrace the spirit of the season. Remember our neighbors in need by volunteering your time and services or donating your financial resources to those less fortunate. We can all make a difference in someone’s life.
From my family to yours, have a joyous holiday and a very happy New Year.
With Arkansas Pride,
Not one mention of Christ, or Christmas. Just “holiday.”
Here’s her “Holiday Greeting” video:
Remember, 86% of Arkansans identify themselves as Christians. Still, Lincoln seems to have joined the left-wing group of radical Democrats who interpret the 1st Amendment’s Freedom “of” Religion to imply Freedom “from” Religion. This may prove to be just one more nail in the coffin of her political career as she faces a tough reelection campaign next year.
Already, Rasmussen has her trailing 4 of the 7 announced Republican candidates for her seat in 2010. One of those candidates, Curtis Coleman, has released his own Christmas message to Arkansas voters and (gasp!) he actually calls it Christmas!
I’m thinking Coleman’s message will play better with Arkansas voters, but tell us what you think.