Magazine article USA TODAY

Christmas' Moral Code Hurts Liberal Agenda

Magazine article USA TODAY

Christmas' Moral Code Hurts Liberal Agenda

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Stories of nativity scenes, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus being banned from the public square make headlines daily, but one aspect of the story is not being reported--the effect on children. "The War On Christmas is sending the message to our kids that Christ is a 'four'-letter word," seethes children's author Katharine DeBrecht. She points to such incidents as the city of Chicago's ban on the showing of clips from the movie "The Nativity"; Santa being deemed too religious for a school fundraiser in Warwick, N.Y.; a Wisconsin high school informing student leaders that any religious symbols, decorations, or wording associated with Christmas are prohibited; and an Ohio public school instructing teachers to refrain from saying, "Merry Christmas."

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In DeBrecht's opinion, such incidents are teaching youngsters that Christianity equals profanity. "Basically, they are teaching our children that Christianity is something offensive, even dirty, and should be practiced in private behind closed doors." DeBrecht, author of Help! Mom! The Ninth Circuit Nabbed the Nativity!, believes the far left's war on Christmas exposes its real aim. "Christmas represents a religion with a moral code," she explains, "and that moral code gets in the way of their liberal agenda. …

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