New Hampshire school district bans ‘Christmas’ from American Legion fliers

christmasbulbWhat is it with liberals not liking the word “Christmas?” On Monday, EAG’s Steve Gunn reported that Rob Malay, the new superintendent of School Administrative Unit 29 in Marlborough, New Hampshire, told John Fletcher, commander of the local American Legion post, that a flier promoting a Christmas tree lighting could not go up unless the word “Christmas” was removed and replaced with another word, like “holiday.”

Fletcher, however, has other ideas.

“It’s a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree,” he said.

He compromised, and removed the word from the flier, but is not changing the name of the event.

Friday, I received a call from the SAU office that we were not allowed to put flyers in the school unless we remove the word Christmas and change it to Holiday,” he wrote in a letter to the editor of the Sentinel Source. For years we have had a Christmas tree lighting and now it’s supposed to be a Holiday Tree lighting?

He added:

As commander of the American Legion it offends me. On Veterans Day, I spoke of the freedoms we have and the veterans who have not only served their country but have given their lives for what we have today: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built.

It seems to me that our new superintendent, Rob Malay, doesn’t understand this. I can’t believe the SAU board approved this.

I respect all rights; always have. But, do not take away our rights because you may offend someone else.

Fletcher, Gunn added, didn’t get an explanation from Malay, but believes it’s due to the efforts of some to remove any reference to Christianity from public schools.


“Even though it’s not a school function – which it says right on the flier – I was informed that unless we took the word ‘Christmas’ out we couldn’t put them up in the school,” he told EAGnews. “My wife spent two days with white out, erasing the word ‘Christmas.’”

The local community, he added, has been supportive, and he’s gotten calls from radio stations, and he intends to follow up on the matter, but it won’t matter, he added, because the lighting will be over by then.

“I’m tired of the political correctness,” he added.  “It’s gotten out of hand.”


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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