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A major shopping mall tried to eliminate Christmas music — unless it’s not about Christmas — until so many Christians complained that mall officials rescinded the ban.

The University Town Center Mall ordered holiday choral groups not to sing about the Christmas holiday. Officials issued a decree that “For choral groups, the Mall prefers no clearly recognizable Christian music, such as carols.”

The mall specifically forbid Christmas carols “in English.” Carols in a foreign language would be tolerated, though.

In addition to Christmas carols, any songs remotely referring to Jesus in a positive vein were off limits as well. Mall officials made this clear by its bans for “spirituals” and “gospel” music.

The news broke on the American Family Association’s website Wednesday morning. As news spread, the mall received so much backlash from Christians threatening to take their business elsewhere that management rescinded its order against Christian singing that afternoon and issued an apology:

“The materials created and distributed by a third party company relating to the hiring of performance groups for UTC were not reviewed by UTC staff in advance of distribution. These materials do not in any way represent an existing center policy or viewpoint. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused within the Sarasota community.”

Source: Life Site/Fr. Mark Hodges

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