Christmas songs are “a form of bullying” now, at least according to “parents in the Missoula County, Montana school district.”
They’re claiming Christmas songs that refer to “our Lord” are “unfair, unconstitutional and [are] a form of bullying,” according to the Billings Gazette.
The parents say there are all sorts of faiths represented in the community and children singing the songs at a recent school concert “were uncomfortable.”
The anonymous parents’ complaint is as inconsistent as it is trivial:
Responding to an anonymous letter submitted by parents, Apostle said the concert was no different than last year.
The letter stated, “We have no problem with it being called a Christmas concert, it’s just the fact the material should be secular. Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. These are things that offend no one, but when the children are singing about their lord and savior, Jesus Christ … public school is not the place,” according to the paper.
These may well be the oddest pair of sentences that have ever been written on the subject. If I understand it correctly, it’s acceptable for the children to say the word “Christ” providing that it is followed immediately by the word “mas” — and there is “no problem” with that word being used to describe the concert. If, however, “Christ” is preceded by the word “Jesus,” then the children of Missoula County will come over all peculiar and the Constitution will fall. “Lord” and “savior” are right out, but “Santa Claus,” based on an actual Christian saint of the fourth century, is fine. Got it.