Actor Chuck Norris recently slammed President Obama for a decision made by the Montgomery County Board of Education to remove all religious holidays from its school calendar.
The controversy began in Montgomery County, Maryland, when Muslim parents asked the school district to cancel classes on the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan.
Instead, the school board removed every religious holiday from its calendar, but said it will continue to close schools on the dates of Christmas and Yom Kippur, noted NBC Washington.
In response to the controversy, Norris wrote a column for the conservative website Town Hall:
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Folks, our country is heading down a slippery slope. We have to stop it before it is too late. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway. This time, one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. is eliminating every mention of religious holidays on its official calendar.
...But does religious neutering accommodate diversity or merely endorse secular progressivism and political correctness as America's new religion? Choices are the very actions our Bill of Rights was created to protect. In the end, however, rather than affirm Americans' freedom of religion, society has spawned their freedom from religion.
...That's not the America our Founding Fathers created for us. That's not unity in diversity. That's not education but pipeline progressivism pumping out another indoctrination camp.
...And where's our president when these Christian and Jewish references are being erased from civic calendars? Is he crying out in defense of religious liberty and our First Amendment? Nope. He's as silent as a church mouse, just as he's been for the past six years on any such matter. And animosity toward religion continues to grow.
...Let us never forget that there was once a time in the U.S. when people and even presidents weren't afraid to stand for traditional values and encourage others to do the same.
Norris also cited a Christmas message given by President Reagan in 1981, but didn't mention the numerous Christmas messages given by President Obama.
According to RawStory.com, this morning on "Fox & Friends," co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck played part of President Reagan’s 1981 speech and said she got goosebumps (video below).
“Chuck Norris’ point was, remember the time when American presidents weren’t afraid to talk about traditional values as Ronald Reagan did back in 1981,” added co-host Steve Doocy.
Neither Doocy and Hasselbeck mentioned that President Reagan refused to condemn racist apartheid in South Africa during his term or how he ignored the beginning of the AIDS crisis.