It’s the time of year to fight about Silent Night, Santa and — it’s 2015! — Allah.
In Johnson County, Kentucky, Linus won’t recite from the Gospel of Luke in the elementary school’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Students will not sing Silent Night.
Meanwhile, San Jose parents are angry that a school canceled the kindergarten field trip to see Santa after a mother complained it “left out” kids whose families don’t celebrate Christmas.
The school had planned “a short walk to a nearby coffee shop . . . where the kids enjoy hot cocoa and sit on Santa’s lap,” reports the San Jose Mercury News. Children also were told to write a letter to Santa.
Not everyone in class celebrates Christmas, wrote “Talia,” who’s Jewish, in an e-mail.
Some parents have threatened a boycott and accused her of making “war on Christmas.” They say the majority should rule.
Charlie Brown Christmas is explicitly Christian. Charles Schultz wanted to rescue Christmas from Santa and stress its religious meaning. Therefore, it’s a poor choice for a public school play.
Parents can take their kids to visit Santa on the weekend.
At my elementary school — public and heavily Jewish — the first-grade teacher had us decorate ornaments. I put a Jewish star on mine. In the “winter sing,” we sang Silent Night in German and Spanish, but never in English. Maybe they could try that in Kentucky.