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By Scott Tibbs, December 15th, 2004

More "politically correct" silliness

More silly political correctness. A Christmas tree (referred to as a "holiday tree") was removed from a federal courthouse so that no one would be "offended".

Really, what damage was the "holiday tree" doing? It is unfortunate that some people are so intolerant that they are determinted to remove any hint of Christianity from the public arena, even a harmless "holiday tree".

People! Grow up.
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Speaking of political correctness, a crybaby City Councilman in Lancaster has asked a local citizen to remove a picture of Preisdent Bush from his space at the city's Farmer's Market. When he did not get his way, Nelson Polite "vowed to pursue a city ordinance that would ban all political items from public places in the city."

It is one thing for Polite to ask for a picture of the President to be removed from a booth. Threatening to introduce a law to ban all such political expression goes too far, and Polite should be ashamed of himself for even considering this option. Polite's "ordinance" would have fit in perfectly in the former Soviet Union, but not in the United States.

The whole purpose of the protections for freedom of speech is to protect political speech. The men who wrote the Constitution understood how important it is to protect political speech from government censorship, because free speech helps keep the government in check and helps keep other freedoms safe.

Someone needs to inform the crybaby councilman that it is not Polite to use the power of government to infringe on the right to free speech. Polite should resign from the City Council. His disregard for the fundamental freedoms of the people in his city shows he is not fit for public office. Luckily, if the crybaby councilman does pursue censorship, he will find himself rebuked by the courts.