WASHINGTON — A law firm has given Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee its 2012 “Ebenezer Award” for his insistence that the 17.5-foot fir tree in the local state house rotunda is a “holiday tree,” not a Christmas tree.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-partisan, interfaith group of attorneys, said the award is given to “the public figure responsible for the most ridiculous affront to Christmas and Hanukkah.”
It takes its name from Ebenezer Scrooge, the churlish character from Charles Dickens’ famous 19th-century work “A Christmas Carol.”
The dubious honor continues a controversy over a year old.
Last year protesters showed up at the governor’s tree lighting ceremony in...READ MORE