American Legion, Lions Club Banned From Using 'Christmas' In Own Event

December 03, 2015Dec 03, 2015

It's sadly not surprising when schools ban the word "Christmas" from their own events, but now the American Legion and Lions Club of Marlborough, New Hampshire is being banned from using "Christmas" for their own, non-school-sponsored event.

According to the Union Leader, American Legion commander John Fletcher received a letter from the local school superintendent that if he wanted to post fliers in schools promoting his annual Christmas tree lighting event in the town center, he would have to remove the word "Christmas" and replace it with "Holiday."

Begrudgingly, Fletcher removed "Christmas" from the flyer so that he still let kids know about the event. As someone committed to serving veterans, he is not happy.


He wrote a letter in the Sentinel Source to the superintendent saying, “On Veterans Day, I spoke of the freedoms we have and the veterans who have not only served their country but have given their lives for what we have today: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built. It seems to me that our new superintendent, Rob Malay, doesn’t understand this. I can’t believe the SAU board approved this. I respect all rights; always have. But, do not take away our rights because you may offend someone else.”

Instead of reprinting the "Annual Christmas Tree Lighting" fliers, which plainly note that it's "not a school sponsored program," Fletcher's wife spent two days editing "Christmas" off of every flier with whiteout. The blank space will likely highlight the superintendent's censorship.