Sen. Jim Inhofe: No “Holiday” Parade for Me
By Brian Montopoli|CBSNews
Republican Sen. Jim Infhofe of Oklahoma has vowed for the second straight year not to march in a Tulsa parade because organizers are calling it a “holiday” event as opposed to a “Christmas” one.
“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” he said, according to the Tulsa World. “I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”
Inhofe, the former Tulsa mayor, is upset that the parade has been dubbed the “Holiday Parade of Lights,” stating that he is “not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas.” Conservatives have complained over the years about what they see as a “war on Christmas” that they suggest has meant the playing down of the Christian nature of the holiday season.
“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,” Infhofe said. “Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”