Parents Complain That Christmas Music Is “Bullying”


I’ve long been suspicious of the anti-bullying movement in our public schools because I think the real goal isn’t so much bullying as stopping some people from saying or doing things other people don’t like.

Case in point, via Aaron Flint, parents at a school in Missoula, Montana, are claiming that Christmas music is “bullying.”

MISSOULA — A group of parents at Chief Charlo Elementary School are so upset over the selection of songs for the school’s holiday music program they are considering legal counsel.

The parents outlined their concerns in a letter sent to the superintendent of the Missoula County Public Schools district, stating, among many issues, they feel the programming is unfair, unconstitutional and is a form of bullying.

“With many of the children in our neighborhood up here being Jewish and Buddhist, as well as a few Muslim and atheist students, we were assured that this year it would be a secular program,” said the letter, which was signed by “concerned parents” but listed no individual names.

So, the message for the kids is, if someone else is expressing a point of view you don’t like you should claim you’re being “bullied” or “harassed” and seek to silence that point of view. Oh, and this process is called being “tolerant.”

Because that’s what tolerance means, right? Shutting up the people you disagree with.

It seems to me that in a free society, in a truly tolerant society, we welcome all points of view into the public square. We create equality through inclusion, not exclusion.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • igx

    It’s Christmas season. That’s all.

  • WOOF

    Singing songs to the baby Jesus is proselytizing.
    Leave the kids alone.

    • Rob

      Well, it’s a religious holiday.

      How about some tolerance?

      • Matthew

        Overtly religious songs should not be played. There are plenty of others to choose from. White Christmas, Deck the Halls, Santa got run over by a reindeer.

        • yy4u2

          Tell me why Christmas Day is celebrated? Like who started it n why?

          • Matthew Hawkins

            The Romans were at war with the pagan tribes of Western Europ. They felt that if the converted them to Christianity it might end the war. So they co-opted the Winter Solstice celebration that the pagans lready ahad and said it was the birthday of Jesus. There is actually no evidence that Jesus was born on the Winter solstice and it wasn’t celebrated in Christian circles until hundreds of years after his death.

            Need any other history lessons?

          • yy4u2

            Nope, just asking a simple question only to receive a snarky response. So why after 1500+ years of this ‘co-opted’ celebration are these parents wanting to totally rid the program of one, the Christian part, and not the other?

          • Bat One

            Because they are intolerant, uninclusive liberals. That’s why.

      • WOOF

        Be it a pagan holiday, Christmas or Festivus, public schools aren’t to be churches in this country.

        • banjo kid

          The founding Fathers said different but I know you don’t read history do you. The capitol was also a Church and used as such for many years . I realize you are not that well read though. The Bible was used for education and approved by our Federal government, and many other officials .

          • the revealer.

            The capitol was used as a church because at the time they weren’t any churches in the area.
            The capital was also used as a funeral home.

        • $16179444

          and they are not places to teach homosexuality, abortion, ect….

          “oh but that is different!” —-

      • Matthew

        In a free society I think I should be in charge of my kids religious education. I don’t want the state choosing my child’s religion. Proselytization in any form should be opposed.

        • yy4u2

          Are you ok with them teaching them sex education n that all parents should have to fall in step with that?

          • Rob

            Excellent point.

          • $8194357

            A liberal is what a liberal is..
            Selective in whats acceptable to the
            “ideology” espoused..

        • Rob

          I agree.

          Let’s start a school vouchers program and you can send your kids wherever you want.

          The argument you make is in favor of school choice, not driving religion out of the public square.

    • $8194357

      So what do you call cutting folks heads off, woof…
      Terrorism or proselytizing?

      Jesus is rhe Reason for the Season…

      • Matthew

        I oppose cutting heads off at school.

        • $8194357

          As you should, huh.

          But yet you support the DNC’s support of the muslim brotherhood
          and Barry giving them bou cou taxpayer paid for weapons to use against Israel and us ‘infidels’….

          • Matthew Hawkins

            I mock you because you deserve to be mocked.

            Why do you use a communist size or cartridge for your name.

          • $8194357

            Ecclesiastes 9:4-6
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope,
            for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

            5 For the living know that they will die;
            But the dead know nothing,

            And they have no more reward,
            For the memory of them is forgotten.

            6 Also their love, their hatred,
            and their envy have now perished;

            Nevermore will they have a share
            In anything done under the sun.

            1 Corinthians 8:1-3
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            8 Now concerning things offered to idols:
            We know that we all have knowledge.

            Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

            2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything,
            he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

            3 But if anyone loves God,
            this one is known by Him.

            You know it all but you know nothing…
            7.62 Nato is not 7.62R…

            Just like a liberal..
            They ‘think they know’ when they are dead
            in understanding and know nothing..

            Proverbs 21:15-17
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            15 It is a joy for the just to do justice,
            But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

            16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
            Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

            17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
            He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

        • yy4u2

          But not of the collectivist indoctrinating snake. We get it.

    • Neiman

      Then by law end the Christmas Holiday, Christmas is “Christ’s Mass,” it is a celebration by Christians of the birth of Christ and enjoyed by people of all faiths. If you are honest, seek an end, a total end to the Federal holiday at this time of year, as no matter what you name it, all people will still know it is Jesus Birthday celebration and most Americans will observe it as such. So, you must totally end it, start a protest now Woofie to end it at all levels of government, no time off, no holiday pay if working – no holiday break at all. That is the only honest path.

      If these fool parents hate Jesus – fine, keep their children at home. Otherwise, shut up!

      • banjo kid

        X1000.. The dust should be flying off our feet.

        • Neiman

          Most here will not understand the reference, but you are exactly right and take our peace with us as well.

          • $8194357

            Jesus is lifting Grace as well and has
            been for some time now, IMO.

          • Neiman

            As the Holy Spirit lifts His restraining hand on evil, we are seeing evil flourish and take over most human beings. This is the beginning of a season of a great delusion and spiritual darkness, although I feel the Church will be removed before the Great Judgments are loosed on earth.

          • $8194357


          • Neiman

            Wow – look at this:

            A Church Billboard in New Zealand suggests maybe Jesus was Gay and should come out of the closet. If that is not a symbol of the anti-Christ reigning in the hearts of men, I don;t know what is.

          • $8194357

            The accuser doing what he does thru his ideological
            useful idiots…..

      • yy4u2

        I would imagine there would be a lot more like puppy dog observing it for that reason, the real reason for the season, if the govt gave the time off for only those professing that as such.

      • Bat One

        Can’t end the Christmas holiday. The unions, including the teachers’ unions would bitch about losing all those days off.

    • banjo kid

      Children love the baby Jesus they can relate and I feel this I don’t like stuff has got to go .

      • $8194357

        It will when the Christian becomes the minority..
        Real Tolerance has come thru Christ and His believers here
        on earth. Leftist false morality based on tolerance/diversity and
        marxist social justice
        is revealing itself as the “intolerant fake” it is…

  • banjo kid

    The big reason for the shootings could be the taking of hope from the children they are taught to believe when they die that is the end . No hope right .

    • $8194357

      We had one of those Old Time Bible preachers come thru
      some time back and tell us something along the lines of:
      “What do you expect from the survivors of the holocost?
      Over 50 million of their brothers and sisters died in their mothers wombs
      and they as well feel un wanted and hopeless”….

  • ndoldman

    If the coward parents /people can’t sign their names than the letter should be trashed and ignored who knows if it is just a letter from a freek like woof or hanny and has no merit.

  • $8194357

    Jesus had no servants,
    yet they called Him Master.

    Had no degree,
    yet they called Him Teacher .

    Had no medicines,
    yet they called Him Healer.

    Had no army,
    yet kings feared Him.

    He won no military battles,
    yet He conquered the world.
    He committed no crime,
    yet they crucified Him.

    He was buried in a tomb,
    yet He lives today.

    Feel honored
    to serve such a Leader
    who loves us.