Several years ago, a boss of mine wished me a Happy Hanukkah, wrongly assuming that I was Jewish. Did I get offended? Of course not. I laughed hard, reminded him that I went to a Christian college, and still tease him about it all these years later.
That’s why I just can’t understand why folks get so up in arms these days when the topic of Christmas arises. According to a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 96% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Yet businesses and schools are often hesitant – or even afraid – to recognize the holiday. As you walk around the mall this month, notice how many store signs skip “Merry Christmas” in favor of a general, meaningless holiday greeting.
What do people think happens to the other 4% of Americans upon hearing Nat King Cole croon once again about roasting chestnuts? Do they melt? Turn into stone? Run into oncoming traffic? I doubt it. Almost 9 in 10 Americans said in a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that it’s fine to wish others “Merry Christmas.”
Twenty years ago, my elementary school choir sang a variety of holiday songs, including ones that were distinctly about Christmas or Hanukkah. But nowadays, many school districts are trying to ban Christmas songs, and parents are not happy about it. Yet many feel as if their hands are tied by our “politically correct” society.
Alliance Defense Fund is here to help. Since 1993, the legal alliance has been defending religious freedom, and it has just launched its annual Christmas Project™ to educate Americans about their rights.
The extent of your Christmas rights might surprise you. For instance, under the law your kids can:
• Say “Merry Christmas” at school
• Sing religious Christmas songs in school
• Distribute religious Christmas cards in school
• Read the biblical account of the birth of Christ in school
• Opt out of activities that conflict with their (or your) beliefs.