Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer a religious song?

11 12 2008

Now that it’s December, it seems like there are stories every day of people getting offended because of Christmas.  Most of these cases are stupid, or are claiming something that is unconstitutional (like “separation of church and state”).  But I just read something that really amazed me with its stupidity.  Are you ready for this?

RudolphA Jewish woman in Wilmington, NC, complained to the school board about the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, saying it offended her because it has “religious overtones”.  Really?  I never thought of it as a religious song whatsoever.  Have you ever sang it at church?  Imagine this: “Let us all turn in our hymnals to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  (Props to Rick Moore for that awesome phrase.)

The woman was offended because the song has the word “Christmas” in it.  One person complained.  And get this — she didn’t want her name published for the story!  Doesn’t that beat all?  And, as you might guess, the principal removed the song from the children’s kindergarten program.  Fortunately, other parents flooded the school administrators with complaints about the song being removed.

So what happened?  Well, the school board members, administrators, and attorneys all listened closely to the song’s lyrics and decided it was a secular song.  Was it not obvious?

But wait — there’s more!  School administrators had said any student who objects to singing a Christmas song or attending a program can decline participation and will not be penalized.  So the child was not forced to participate in any way.  Yet the mother was offended enough to try to ruin it for everyone else.

School administrators have decided that religious songs can be included in future concerts, as long as other faiths are represented as well.  I can see that becoming a problem, given today’s culture.

On a related note, our religious freedom as provided by the Constitution and Bill of Rights is to keep the government out of our churches, where they can’t tell us what to do in regards to religion.  By law, religion can go wherever it pleases.  It’s quite ironic that these days the government is interpreting it completely backwards.

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