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Rudolph controversy gets national coverage

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A caroling controversy involving a well known reindeer and a local school is getting national attention.

Fox News is giving viewers across the nation a glimpse into what is being called, "A War on Christmas."

It began when a parent was upset her child was told to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."  The parent is concerned the words "Christmas" and "Santa" hold religious meaning.

This complaint prompted the Murrayville principal to pull the song from the school's holiday concert.

After the New Hanover County school administration and lawyers caught word of parent complaints, they determined the song was secular - Santa and his reindeer are non-religious figures.

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" is back in the line-up for the holiday show.

The mother tried to have a Hanukkah song added to the holiday show, similar to other schools in the area, but was denied that request. 

Her daughter will not participate in the concert, and school officials say that's okay since the performance is not mandatory.

As parents debate the issue, so do network newscasts and a long list of bloggers. 

The song was not part of the featured program at Tuesday night's concert at Murrayville Elementary, but the students sang the song on the way back to their seats after the show ended.

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