I saw on the news that the Lincoln School District in Stockton has prohibited any "religious" decorations, including — now get this — trees, poinsettias and even Santa Claus (you know, that right-wing radical fundamental Christian evangelist who proselytizes every home he visits in December). The only decorations allowed are things like snowflakes and snowmen (Frosty must be a card-carrying member of the ACLU and the FFRF).
If we haven't already done so, we have just crossed the line of the absurd. A poinsettia? Come on! All of this nonsense so as not to offend anyone.
I used to work in the aerospace industry, and my department included Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroaster, agnostic and atheist employees. Yet every year we put up a Christmas tree, holly and poinsettias, played Christmas carols (both secular and spiritual), and actually wished each other "Merry Christmas." We exchanged Christmas cards, and mine always had a Christian theme. No one, to my knowledge, suffered extreme mental anguish because of these things.
The kids in Lincoln district just want to enjoy Christmas; no one is shoving religion down their throats. They won't suffer irreparable damage by traditional Christmas decorations and songs. Unfortunately, some paranoid, politically correct adults have made a mockery of Christmas. How sad.
Oh well, I want to wish all of you a peaceful, joyous Christmas filled with the love and warmth of family and friends. Merry Christmas! And even though I know that Dec. 25 isn't the actual date, happy birthday, Jesus. I love you.
Pastor Frank Nolton