Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, now officially certified as secular, is back in the kindergarten concert at Murraysville Elementary School in Wilmington, N.C. The song was pulled when a Jewish parent objected to the song’s “religious overtones,” specifically the reference to “Christmas.”
School board members, administrators and attorneys listened closely to the song’s lyrics and decided the song was secular.
Rudolph is about “a flying reindeer, not a religious symbol,” said the assistant superintendent.
Via Teacher Magazine’s Web Watch.
Rudolph was written by a Jewish songwriter, as are about half of the most popular Christmas songs.
According to Wikipedia, Rudolph’s brothers include Robbie, Rusty and Ralph, “an overweight, emotionally-damaged reindeer” with an infra-red nose good for defrosting Santa’s sleigh and warming up toast and waffles.