Larry Mantle |

The Taboo of Religious Christmas Carols at Public Schools




It was a great exchange of listener opinions this morning on whether explicitly Christian Christmas carols should be allowed at public schools. A schoolteacher who recently moved from Riverside to Redding has announced a ballot initiative seeking to reinstate the singing of such carols at tax supported schools.

Some listeners opposed the proposed initiative on the grounds that public schools should be free of religion. Others were concerned about Christian songs getting the emphasis, but not those from other religions. However, a number of callers thought it was a good idea to allow carols that reference Jesus, given that Christmas is about Jesus' birth.

What do you think? Should public schools avoid religious songs, or perform them in the spirit of fostering religous understanding?

Tomorrow, Michael Shermer of the Skeptics Society will debate Dinesh D'Souza, author of "Life After Death: The Evidence." I'm eagerly anticipating what I know will be a fun back-and-forth. Dinesh and Michael are both great talkers and very entertaining. The debate is at 11:30 a.m., and I don't think you'll be disappointed.