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Bill O’Reillys claim: The Glendale-River Hills
School District in Wisconsin has expressly prohibited any song close
to the Christmas holiday from having any religious “motive or
theme.” While banning Christian Christmas songs, the district
permits secular holiday songs as well as songs celebrating Hanukkah
Response: The district says this is not true. It
has posted a notice on its website reading, “Recently, there
have been a number of reports in the media that the upcoming Holiday
Program at the Parkway School doesn’t include songs or music
recognizing the Christian religious tradition. This is simply not the
case.” The school also made available its holiday program.
Songs being sung include “AngelsWe Have Heard on High” and
“I Saw Three Ships.”
Bill O’Reillys claim: The Raleigh, N.C., town
council has recently voted to erect a Christmas display on public
property (which includes a Nativity scene, snowmen, reindeer and a
menorah). Apparently the ACLU has contacted the city attorney to let
him know they’d fight it.
Response: This display was erected by a private
religious group, not the city. North Carolina ACLU Executive Director
Jennifer Rudinger says her group never threatened to sue and does not
oppose this type of balanced display.
Bill O’Reillys claim: A kindergarten room-mother
in Niskayuna, N.Y., was informed that the Christmas party was changed
to a “Holiday” party and that no one was to send in any
treats that had any religious connotation attached. No
Christmas-shaped cookies, no angels. She was directed to “think
Response: Superintendent Kevin Baughman says
this is not true. He said the district is diverse and that it
recognizes several holidays.
Bill O’Reillys claim: Christmas concert has songs
in which the words are changed to avoid referring to Christmas and
even replaces the word Christmas with “xmas” in Mine Hill,
Response: The school’s spokeswoman says
this is not true.
Bill O’Reillys claim: The Jackson County, Ga.,
school district has prohibited teachers from wearing “any pins,
angels, crosses, clothing” that contain any religious
connotation or affiliation, referring to any party as a “Christmas”
party, or displaying a Bible in their rooms.
Response: The district has no such policy. The
superintendent sent a message to principals reminding them not to
include religious material in class unless it was tied to a lesson
plan. One principal misunderstood and told teachers to stop wearing
religious jewelry. The district quickly clarified the policy.