JAMES INHOFE, CULTURE WARRIOR…. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) takes some pride in having participated many times in Tulsa’s annual Parade of Lights, but the Tulsa World reports that the right-wing senator will boycott the parade “until organizers put ‘Christ’ back in the event’s title.” (thanks to reader R.B. for the tip)

Inhofe, who served as Tulsa’s mayor from 1978 to 1984, said he had participated in the parade annually, riding horseback as his children and grandchildren watched.

“I did not do so last year, because I’m not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas,” he said.

“I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city’s leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade’s title. Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”

Inhofe then announced he would hold his breath until he’s given a personal meeting with Santa Claus.

OK, I made that last point up, but the rest of the story is true. Inhofe is so offended by an annual parade of lights that celebrates seasonal “holidays” — there are more than one this time of year — that he intends to take his horse and go home.

Have you noticed that a few too many powerful federal officials appear to have the maturity and temperament of small children?

What’s more, Right Wing Watch added, “Inhofe’s involvement in the annual “War on Christmas” demagoguery should not be a surprise, as he is one of the Senate’s most prominent culture warriors and even said that he tries to use his status as a Senator to convert people to Christianity.”

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