Anti-science champion Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is also a culture warrior. Yesterday, the Oklahoma Republican announced that he won’t take part in Tulsa’s annual “Holiday Parade of Lights” because the city reanamed the parade, replacing “Christmas” with “Holiday”:
“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”
Inhofe, who was Tulsa’s mayor from 1978 to 1984, said he had participated in the parade annually, riding a horse as his children and grandchildren watched.
“I did not do so last year because I’m not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas,” he said. “I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city’s leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade’s title. Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”
Inhofe said he declined to participate in last year’s parade because of the same reason, but he did not want to make it public “because of the debate surrounding the health-care law.” “When he (Inhofe) learned that they were going with ‘Holiday’ again this year, he wanted to make his position known,” Inhofe’s spokesperson said. Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett acknowledged the reality of the situation. “If it was up to me, I’d call it a Christmas parade, but I also understand that we have a diverse community, and I’m sensitive to the importance of the many cultures and traditions that make up our city,” he said. Inhofe, however, is not so aware of these kinds of sensitivities. (HT: Right Wing Watch)