Mother Protests Kids Singing Song With The Word "Christmas"

It's something school kids do just about everywhere this time of the year...hold a Christmas concert. But one mother is protesting.

It's something school kids do just about everywhere this time of the year...hold a Christmas concert.  But one mother is protesting.

The unidentified mother didn't want kids at Murrayville School in New Hanover County to sing "Rudolph" because of concern the words "Christmas" and "Santa" hold religious meaning.

The Principal at the school decided to pull the song from the school's holiday concert.

New Hanover County school administration and lawyers later determined the song was secular, that Santa and his reindeer are non-religious figures.  So "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" was  put back in the holiday show.

The mother requested a Hanukkah song be added to the holiday show, but that was denied. Her daughter will not participate in the concert.

Such controversy is a big difference from the elementary school concerts I participated in...I remember singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," with the Latin verse?

My the times have changed.

 

 

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  • by Chayim Location: NJ on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    I found out today that my son was FORCED to sing Christmas songs at his school. Sitting out the songs was not an option. I'm Jewish, and my beliefs prohibit singing those songs. I'm looking for an attorney. Christmas songs are sung in honor of Christmas (you don't sing them on July 4th, do you?). And Christmas is a Christian holiday. The argument should end there. No non-Christian kid should be forced to sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or Santa Clause is Coming to Town, or any other song even remotely related to a Christian holiday. By the same token, no non-Jewish kid should be forced to sing Chanukah songs.
  • by Anthony Location: CA on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    Posted by: Jeremy Boxerbaum Location: New York, NY Would you like your child to be forced to say a Jewish prayer or read a portion of the Koran THE OPERATIONAL WORD IS FORCED AND NO ONE IS FORCED, I don't believe in the 72 virgins concept but have TOLARENCE toward Asgar my Moslem co-worker
  • by Michael Location: Oregon on Dec 2, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    Typical Jewish reaction, So where is the TOLERANCE, No wonder Israel has be at war with there neighbors for 31 years. I think all Christians should remove there children from Secular run schools for the month of December, remember no children no federal funds to run the school.
  • by tina on Nov 9, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    Let's all get together and do my favorite...Mohammad Carols! All ye christians can have your children subjected to this while they "learn" in school. Maybe they will grow up to be Muslims! The fact is that there are MANY cultures here in America and our school children PAY DEARLY for whatever type carol is being taught because from Nov. and Dec. they are just singing and NOT LEARNING in the schools. Caroling should be an AFTER SCHOOL OPTIONAL THING!!! Schools should be NEUTRAL in Religious promotion completely. That performance COST you TWO MONTHS of your childs' education!! They know more about Santa than Science! Our nation is scientifically illerate!
  • by God Location: heaven, NC on Jan 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Dear God, Why won't you protect us from the violence in our schools? -concerned student Dear concerned student, I'm not allowed in schools. -God
  • by Holley Location: Wiliamston, NC on Jan 6, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    My daughter participted in a Chritmas program at her primary school and there were several songs about JESUS. I thought that was so wonderful. We are a Christian based country and we do have a freedom of religion here. I do agree if the mother has a problem with her child participating in Chritian based programs, then obviously she has the right to keep the child away. My problem is, we should not be made to change the way we celebrate Christmas in America. Don't force your beliefs on us. It's wrong!! I do hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas. May God Bless You!!
  • by Jenn on Jan 4, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Mother of three, preach on sister. You said it all. Great job!
  • by JT Location: eastern nc on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    Here is the way I see it. Christmas is no longer the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Most kids now days see Christmas as the time of year they get presents and lots of 'em. Every year the stores start placing things out earlier and earlier. This year in late July and early August, there were decorations out for sale already! I honestly think that we need to get back to the old ways of doing things. Lots of love, family, friends and Christmas carols for the holidays. Let the kids sing Christmas carols so they can enjoy their childhood.
  • by JEAN Location: NC on Dec 29, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    IT'S A SHAME THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO TAKE OVER EVERYTHING .THEY ALREADY TOOK PRAYER OUT OF THE SCHOOLS AND NOW YOU WANT TO PROTECT A "SONG" ! WHAT IS COMING TO THIS WORLD? WHOEVER YOU ARE I ONLY PRAY THAT YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING FOR THIS IS A TIME FOR LOVE ,JOY & PEACE. LET'S START WITH LETTING THE CHILDREN ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 28, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    Mother of Three; Well said, you make excellent points, however.....the fruit cakes are taking over. They are not the majority but they do make the most noise. It is 'our fault' for allowing it to happen. The vast majority in the media are the fruit cakes that you refer to. That is why they get so much of a voice. If it weren't the absolute truth most of this junk would never see the light of day.
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