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Monday, February 03, 2014

Grinch Still Trying to Steal Christmas

The Grinch was a character in a famous children's story of the 1950s. He was a bitter, grumpy hermit who tried to steal Christmas from the kids. Unfortunately, the Grinch reemerged a couple of months ago to try to take Christmas away from schoolchildren. The Grinch is so nasty today that his actions could be prosecuted under our hate-crime laws. The law defines hate crimes as those characterized by hate, or even bias.

All over the country, grinches masquerading as school superintendents banned the traditional singing of Christmas carols and nativity displays, and insisted that the word "winter" be substituted every time the word Christmas was used or spoken (as in "winter vacation"). The Grinch ignored the fact that federal law makes Christmas Day a national holiday, and that there are no laws or even court decisions that prohibit school children from singing Christmas carols.

The school superintendent at Bordentown School District in New Jersey ordered that "religious music should not be part of the elementary programs." So songs about Frosty, Rudolph, and mommy making out with Santa Claus could be sung at the school's "winter" concert, but not songs about the Infant Jesus or even Silent Night. Grinches at Osgood School in Kings Park, NY took a different tactic, censoring words out of "Silent Night" before fifth graders were allowed to sing. Edited out were the words "holy infant," "Christ the Savior is born," and "'round yon virgin, mother and child." You can see the kids singing the edited "Silent Night" on YouTube.

Fortunately, the Grinch got nowhere in Texas. The Texas Legislature passed the "Merry Christmas Law" requiring schools to allow traditional Christmas festivities, including songs, trees, nativity scenes, the colors red and green, and the now-controversial words "Merry Christmas."

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