Fox News spread a story about a Georgia elementary school confiscating Christmas cards, saying that a local school had taken down their teachers’ Christmas cards “under orders from the Georgia school’s administration.” The article continues:
The Christmas card censorship comes as the Bulloch County Board of Education cracks down on religious expression in their schools.
Teachers have been ordered to remove any religious icons or items from their classrooms - ranging from Bibles to Christian music.
This story got picked up, and even caused a state senator to tweet that he would bring legislation to the floor to protect religious freedom.
But the story was totally bogus.
The school removed the teacher’s private family Christmas cards after one teacher expressed privacy concerns; they were moved into the teacher’s lounge.
The school responded:
Unfortunately, today the school was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information that disrupted the good work going on inside. Fox News Radio Commentary Host Todd Starnes, acting on misinformation that neither he, nor his media outlet corroborated with the school system or Baker, misreported a story about student Christmas Cards being removed from the school.
And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution pointed out the hyperbole of this article:
A WSAV news crew on Monday provided footage of a school that obviously has no problem with Christmas trees. Or holiday artwork by students. Or Christmas cards. No one has been asked not to say “Merry Christmas.”