The Fox News website reports today (November 30, 2011) that a Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee "Governor Grinch" after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state could have a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree."
Chafee defended his decision by arguing that it maintains the tradition of the state's founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams -- as a haven for tolerance -- where government and religion were kept separate.
RI State Rep. Doreen Costa called the governor a "Grinch." She had sponsored a resolution passed by the House of Representatives last January declaring that the state's tree be referred to as a "Christmas tree," but Chafee refuses to honor that resolution.
So Costa has decided to erect her own Christmas tree -- at the State House -- and on lighting it on December 6, when Chafee plans to host the official "holiday" tree lighting event.