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Published:December 24th, 2009 15:42 EST
White House Christmas Tree Ornaments Depict Mao & A Drag Queen

White House Christmas Tree Ornaments Depict Mao & A Drag Queen

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Showing that they are not out of step with mainstream America after all, the extreme right wing has shifted its focus from health care reform and taxes to raise the alarm about a menace that lurks even now in the White House: Christmas tree ornaments that sport the likenesses of Mao Tse Tung and drag performer Hedda Lettuce.

People and groups from around the country submitted the tree`s decorations, and the tree, along with the rest of the White House`s decorations, supervised by England-born Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barney`s department store in New York."

 Kilian Melloy/Edge.Bostom.Com
The White House sent out 800 Christmas ornaments to community groups, schools and charities for decoration, and it stands to reason that the ornaments that were returned to the White House would reflect the cultural and religious diversity of America.
The right would be satisfied only if the  Christmas ornaments had images of Newt Gingrich and Pat Robertson. But in the America of the new millennium Mao and a celebrity drag queen have more relevance to some folks than a hack politician and a clownish televangelist.
With so many real problems facing our country it`s a shame that some conservatives have their panties in a twist over a Christmas ornament that depicts a famous drag queen. Christmas is for everyone, including drag queens, and there is nothing sacrilegious about an ornament featuring Hedda Lettuce.
The Obama Christmas tree is another example of the Left`s attack on Christianity, complain the fringe evangelicals. We`ve heard that same song before so many times, it`s getting to be a real drag.
The Christmas tree is a pagan phallic symbol, it wouldn`t be entirely inappropriate if Lindsay Lohan`s sex toys were hanging from the White House tree.
This is just another manufactured controversy by right-wing nutjobs, they need to drink some eggnog and loosen up.  
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