WASHINGTON, December 23, 2002 ( – The Washington Times reports that a growing number of public schools “are becoming no-Christmas zones” this year as school officials agonize over what is called the “December dilemma” and strive not to “offend non-Christians.” In some cases, Christian symbols were banned but Islamic and Jewish symbols were allowed. Some parents have filed lawsuits in an effort to stop discrimination against Christians.  In New York, some school administrators asked teachers to limit holiday decorations to generic messages, such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings,” and some schools banned Nativity displays but permitted the Jewish menorah and the Islamic star and crescent moon.  To read more examples from the Washington Times story see:   For related coverage see:  CANADIAN SCHOOL OFFICIAL BANS ‘CHRISTMAS’ CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS BANS THE WORD ‘CHRISTMAS’