Did the United States Postal Service ban Christmas carolers from singing indoors? Apparently a branch in Silver Spring, Maryland, recently went so far as to "kick" carolers out. The office's manager interrupted the singers in mid-tune and told them that they weren't allowed to perform on government property.
While some would dismiss this story as a tall tale or a concocted attempt at legitimizing the War on Christmas, a spokesperson for the USPS confirmed that the incident did, indeed, happen after three carolers entered the building and began to carol. According to the spokesperson, the carolers had "beautiful voices," but they were not permitted to sing in the lobby. In an interview with Fox News & Commentary, the spokesperson said:
“Public assembly and public address, except when conducted or sponsored by the Postal Service, are prohibited in lobbies and other interior areas open to the public.
We have rules and regulations governing conduct on postal property. The only reason you should be inside is for postal business.”
But the carolers were confused, as they claim that they've been performing at the shopping center that houses the post office for years. In fact, they say they've even performed inside of the post office before without incident. When they tried to explain this to postal employees, they failed and were asked to leave.
JP Duffy, an employee of the Family Research Council, was in line with his wife and daughter at the time of the incident. Here's what he had to say about it:
“They were only a few notes into their carol when suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a scowling postal manager rushing to confront the carolers.
“He told them that they had to leave immediately because they were violating the post office’s policy against solicitation. He told them they couldn’t do this on government property. He said: ‘You can’t go into Congress and sing and you can’t do it here either.’”
Duffy went on to say that the customers booed the postal worker who kicked the carolers out. He also stated his belief that this is another example of religion being taken out of the public square.
“This postal manager has clearly received the memo which has led him to stamp out Christmas caroling," Duffy said. "But I have my own memo to all the Christmas carolers out there. Let’s not surrender to the secularist version of Christmas future."
(H/T: Fox News Radio)