Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer knows her priorities:
In a formal executive order, Brewer said any executive branch agency that reports to her cannot stop employees from “personally celebrating” either holiday [Christmas or Hannukah]. That includes putting items “traditionally associated” with the holidays on their desks.
She similarly barred those agencies from stopping state employees from wishing others either “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.” And Brewer said state agencies cannot participate in any “censorship of the lawful celebration and acknowledgement of Christmas, Hanukkah or any other recognized religious holiday.”
What we don’t know is whether this was ever a problem in the past and where other holidays fit into the picture.
Christmas-safe? Hannukah-safe? As reader Christopher asks, “Safe from what, catchy Gap ads?”And what if I want to celebrate HumanLight? Or the Solstice? Or Kwanzaa?
To Brewer, those don’t seem to count as legitimate celebrations.
It’s not the only instance of her mixing religion with politics, either:
In a September speech to pastors of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, she said “God has placed me in this powerful position as Arizona’s governor” to help the state weather its troubles.
She also said there are times when, during a meeting with staffers, one will suggest praying about an issue.
“And we stop, and we take that time, and we pray about it,” Brewer, a Missouri Synod-Lutheran herself, told the group. “And it does make a difference.”
Of course it makes a difference; look at all the time they’re wasting in meetings. Do they accomplish anything?
(Thanks to Christopher for the link!)