There's a feud in Ashland over a decorated tree -- holiday tree, Christmas tree, gift tree -- again. In the struggles of past Decembers, I've held a pretty steady ACLU line: if an emblem of the season feels religious, or if some people feel excluded by it, it doesn't belong in school. Where there can be harm infusing a religious flavor into schools, there's really no harm keeping it out, is there?
As I get older I'm less sure about that. Alongside my ACLU impulses I'm noticing another question: Can we just give it a rest? Breathe a little? Here
's how I see it.