Brent Bozell

Superintendent Margaret Puzio thought these well-wishes were an enormous distraction from education: "For me to stand up in front of the whole group and say 'merry Christmas' is almost like the school district putting Christmas before everything else."

How ridiculous! "Merry Christmas" is an expression of good will and kindness. It makes you wonder whether school officials would take less offense at expressions of actual profanity.

In Mercer County, N.J., 16-year-old student Colin Curran complained on The Huffington Post that as he prepared a playlist for an annual "holiday" breakfast for young children, a school adviser stated that the songs could not include the following words: Christmas, Hanukkah, Jesus, God or Santa Claus. "I questioned the logic behind these restrictions and was informed that since we live in an area with many different cultures, our principal does not want to offend anyone with belief-specific music." School officials later claimed to Fox News that the adviser was mistaken to be so restrictive.

Even in Fort Worth, Texas, the bureaucrats are "protecting" the children from Christmas cheer. School district attorney Bertha Bailey Whatley sent a message to staff explaining that the children should not be allowed to exchange gifts or "distribute personal holiday messages" during class. "For example, if students are allowed to exchange cards or small trinkets, the district would be required to allow a student to distribute a religious message with the gift or card," the memo said. How this is (SET ITAL) more (END ITAL) offensive than the Christianity-trashing junk on TV is mind-boggling.

Millions of Americans love during the Christmas season to get a chance to sit down in front of the TV and watch classic specials, such as "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which drew 9.1 million viewers this year, even though it premiered in 1965. No one tears his hair out when Linus reads out loud a story of angels bearing tidings of great joy of a savior born to the world. Forty-six years later, it's still a hit with viewers -- with almost twice as many viewers than "American Dad." And unlike "American Dad," its viewers weren't black-hearted misanthropes.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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