News commentator Bill O’Reilly has been bugged by holiday activities in and around the Capitol for several years, ever since the state allowed atheists to place a sign in the building in 2008.
In a recent newscast, he was asking a couple of Culture Warrior panelists for an update on the alleged “War on Christmas”, and – in the fullness of time as the Good Book says – Washington state came up.
“You may recall that the state of Washington, in their Capitol Rotunda, put up an atheist thing, right next to the Christmas tree,” he said. (Fact check: A group of atheists put up the sign, not the state, and it wasn’t next to the tree, it was one level up as was a Nativity Scene.)
So what’s Washington doing this year? he asked Gretchen Carlson and Margaret Hoover. “Remains to be seen whether they’re going to allow Nativity Scenes and atheists to put – ” replied Hoover.
“So we don’t know yet, what the governor of Washington is going to have in her Rotunda,” O’Reilly said.
“They’re going to allow all displays,” Hoover said.
Not exactly. The only thing in the Rotunda is the holiday tree, which is named thus by its sponsor the Association of Washington Business, not the governor. No other displays are allowed inside the Capitol, and haven’t been for a couple years.
The Department of Enterprise Services says it has approved applications for a Nativity Scene near the Tivoli Fountain from Dec. 20 - 26, a banner from the Freedom From Religion Foundation on the Capitol Campus at roughly the same time, and a large menorah on the grounds at nearby Sylvester Park starting Dec. 16 for Hannukah.
So at ease, Xmas warriors.