Sunday, December 19, 2004

Ho Ho Ho, Here's Your Lump of Coal

Voters in Mustang, Oklahoma make a list of who's naughty and not OK, and respond accordingly:

Voters incensed over a school superintendent's decision to remove a Nativity scene from an elementary school Christmas program took out their anger at the ballot box, helping to defeat bond measures worth nearly $11 million.

Tuesday's rejection of the two measures - one of which would have paid for construction of an elementary school - marked the first time in more than a decade voters in this bedroom community Mustang, west of Oklahoma City, denied additional funds for their school district.

The day before the election, dozens of parents at a school board meeting expressed outrage at Supt. Karl Springer's decision to end the school's tradition of closing the Christmas play with a manger scene.

....Tuesday's votes came at a time that Christian conservatives across the United States, energized by the re-election of President George W. Bush, have been working to increase the Christian aspects of Christmas.

Some have criticized or boycotted retailers and other businesses they say are giving up Merry Christmas wishes in favour of Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings.

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