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National Christmas Tree

Location: Washington, DC

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE -- (House of Representatives - December 07, 2005)

(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, last week an 80-foot spruce tree was delivered to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building. Originally billed as the Capitol Holiday Tree, this beautiful spruce has been officially changed back to its historical name, the Capitol Christmas Tree, by the Speaker of the House, in time for the lighting ceremony to be held this Thursday. Predictably, the Speaker's move was unwelcome to the adherents of political correctness who constantly demand ``mainstream policy'' from our leaders.

So what is the mainstream on this issue, Mr. Speaker? A poll conducted last week provides some revealing numbers. Eighty-one percent of those polled expressed opposition to religion being excluded from public life. Eighty-three percent think nativity scenes should be allowed on public property. Ninety-three percent think the phrase ``In God We Trust'' should remain on our currency.

We would do well to keep these numbers in mind the next time the left wing attempts to arbitrarily define the mainstream for everyone. And I applaud the Speaker for taking a commonsense stand in calling our Capitol Christmas Tree what it is.

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