A few more rounds in Christmas war

If you’re not a believer in the “war on Christmas,” you can stop reading here.

But if you do believe that secular or anti-Christian forces are aligned to diminish the importance and meaning of Christmas in our society, here’s some ammunition.

First off, the Catholic League — a leading fighter in the war against the war on Christmas — has released a “list of examples”:http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1369 of anti-Christian bias at Christmas time. Among them:

A spokesman explained that the reason K-Mart forbids calling Christmas trees Christmas trees is because “we do not want to offend any of our associates.� So they are dubbed “Holiday Trees.�

· A staff member at North Seattle Community College was berated for discussing “Christmas cookies� in an e-mail.

· Menorahs are called menorahs—not candelabra—at LSU, but Christmas trees are called “Holiday Trees.�

· Hanukkah and the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha are mentioned in the school calendar of the Spokane Public Schools, but Christmas is not.

· Minutes after a “Giving Tree� was displayed at a school in Leominster, Massachusetts, some parents complained and it was immediately taken down.

There’s more.

Catholic League boss William Donohue says:

In Israel there are menorahs aplenty. And in the Muslim nations, stars and crescents are displayed. So why is it that in a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian, manger scenes are banned but Jewish and Muslim symbols are not? There is something sick going on.

Meanwhile, the Thomas More Law Center, which bills itself as “the Christian answer to the ACLU,” is “proclaiming”:http://www.thomasmore.org/qry/page.taf?id=19 that the “war on Christmas will continue for years.”

imag158.jpgFor proof, the TMLC points to Queens, where the Bayside Hills Civic Assocation refused a resident’s request to include a nativity scene in a public holiday display. With the help of the Law Center (and the Catholic League), the resident won her battle and her creche was displayed (that’s it in the picture).

Robert Muise, the Thomas More Law Center attorney the case, said:

A crèche depicts the historical origins of Christmas, which has long been recognized as a National Holiday. To exclude this one passive symbol from year-end holiday displays demonstrates hostility toward the Christian faith.

And the war continues (for those who believe it exists)…

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.