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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Fearful homogenization

I was in my car, listening to the exciting lineup of events and attractions for Pittsburgh's Light Up Night, and was distressed to hear the announcement of the “Unity Tree.” What exactly is a “Unity Tree”? And why is it considered politically incorrect to call it what it is, a Christmas tree?

I wouldn't expect the Jewish community to call a menorah a “decorative candelabra,” or the followers of Kwanzaa to call the “mkeka” (the “mat”) a “festive place mat.”

Can't we enjoy and respect each other's religious and cultural differences without the fearful need to homogenize all our traditions like milk? Thank you and Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Joyous holidays!

Lauren Carlson


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