State Puts "Christmas" in Official Tree

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The big tree that stands in front of the Michigan Capitol is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree, a state panel decided today.

The bipartisan Michigan Capitol Committee voted unanimously to rename the tree at the request of Republican lawmakers.

The state House had urged the panel to create a joint display of the Christmas tree and a Hanukkah menorah.

But the committee decided against the menorah after a Jewish group said it is a religious symbol and would violate the separation of church and state.

The US Supreme Court has said a Christmas tree is not a religious symbol.

A new sign designating the 61-foot blue spruce as a Christmas tree could be up within days.

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