- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three-fourths of Americans agree that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, says a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted the same week that a Nebraska elementary school principal banned Christmas in her school, right down to candy canes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, the colors red and green and “Elf on the Shelf” items.

“Most Americans continue to believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, and that there’s a place for religious symbols on public land,” said the poll analysis, which found that 74 percent of the respondents agreed that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools.

Fourteen percent disagreed, 12 percent were unsure in the survey, conducted Dec. 6-9.

The outcome of the Nebraska school Christmas ban suggests others may agree with these findings.

“Elementary school principal tried to ban Christmas. It didn’t go well,” reported the Omaha World-Herald.

“The memo caused an uproar with parents and teachers, some of whom got in touch with a Florida-based First Amendment group, Liberty Counsel,” the news organization said.

The school district released a statement indicating that the principal had been placed on administrative leave.

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