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Why ban Christmas carols from public schools? 

This has been on my mind since Christmastime. When my niece came home from high school, and she lives in South County, she said they were not singing any Christmas carols at her school and she asked why. And they said they don't do that in public school anymore. And I don't understand. I'm talking about Christmas songs like "Silent Night" or "Holy Night" or "O Little Town of Bethlehem," rather than songs about Frosty the Snowman. Who makes this kind of ruling that they don't sing Christmas carols? It is the individual teacher or the superintendent or the principal? Or is this some sort of a ruling by the state or by the country? I realize that we're at Easter time and what's that got to do with Christmas? But it might be good to get some of these answers.

Editor's note: The school sets its own rules in this matter. Those that have banned religious Christmas music have done so in the belief that it is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In some instances, those who have opposed such a ban have taken their complaint to court.