Not in the pa­rade

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

A North Carolina con­gress­woman who was once a Christ­mas tree farmer is com­ing to the de­fense of the Lowe’s home-im­prove­ment store chain, say­ing it was a “copy-edit­ing slip-up” that led to the com­pany la­bel­ing Christ­mas trees “fam­ily trees” in its hol­i­day cat­a­log.

Repub­li­can Rep. Vir­ginia Foxx says she fully sup­ports “ev­ery Amer­i­can’s right to voice con­cerns over what many see as the steady march of sec­u­lar­ism each Christ­mas sea­son,” and like oth­ers she paid close at­ten­tion to the “no small out­cry from a num­ber of con­cerned cit­i­zens who thought that Lowe’s might be up to some­thing here.”

But af­ter “hear­ing from Lowe’s my­self,” the con­gress­woman says the com­pany “as­sured me that they were not out to al­ter the nomen­cla­ture of this fine Christ­mas tra­di­tion.”

“As a for­mer Christ­mas tree farmer [. . .] I also know that Lowe’s was in no way at­tempt­ing to un­der­mine our cel­e­bra­tions of Ad­vent.”

Lowe’s has pledged to re­dou­ble its proof­read­ing.

Katie Falkenberg / The Wash­ing­ton Times

My, that’s a lot of can­dles. Happy birth­day, Sen. Byrd

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