Dec 2, 2015 12:32 PM

School official: Remove 'Christmas' from tree lighting flier

The Associated Press

MARLBOROUGH — For years, an American Legion post commander has distributed fliers to the local school district advertising a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This year, a new school superintendent asked him to replace "Christmas" with "holiday" — and that offended him.

John Fletcher, a barber in Marlborough, New Hampshire, says he got the phone call from the superintendent's office shortly after Veterans Day. He said it made him think about how some veterans paid the ultimate price for defending the freedom of speech.

Superintendent Robert Malay said the U.S. Constitution forbids a public school district from aiding, promoting or endorsing a particular religion or religious activity.

Fletcher's wife whited-out "Christmas" on 250 fliers distributed to schools in two towns for the Dec. 6 ceremony — but didn't add "holiday."

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