"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" caused a stir at a New Hanover County school. A parent complained about the song's religious reference and got it pulled from her child's kindergarten Christmas show at Murrayville Elementary School.
The song was pulled "because it had the word Christmas in it," said Rick Holliday, assistant school superintendent.
A Jewish mother, who didn't want her name published, objected to what she called "religious overtones" in the song. So the principal agreed to pull it from the program.
After other parents complained, "school board members, administrators and attorneys listened closely to the song's lyrics and decided the song was secular." Ironically, most folks believe Christmas to be a secular holiday without consulting a lawyer.
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