Army band not allowed to play for ‘religious’ Christmas show

Army band not allowed to play for ‘religious’ Christmas show

[Ed. – Huckabee’s right.  It is not Army policy that the band can’t play for “religious” themed shows.  And it never has been.  For your delectation, at the end of the post, the chorus of the U.S. Army Band — “Pershing’s Own” — performs the wholly religious Christmas hymn “Silent Night.”]

One of my favorite projects here at the Fox News Corner of the World is my annual Fox Radio Christmas show. …

But this year, I wanted to do something a little different.

So I invited the U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers to perform.  I just knew they would bring down the house with their guitars, banjo and mandolin – especially knowing that our audience loves the military. …

A few days later, I received a polite, but terse rejection letter.

“After reviewing your request, we have opined that the show is a religious event, and therefore we cannot provide official support based on restrictions in AR-360-1,” the letter read. “We value our relationship with you as well as FOX News and hope you understand our declination is guided by law and Army regulations.” …

I had no idea the Baby Jesus or Heralding Angels violated Army regulations.

And neither did my good friend Mike Huckabee.

“There is nothing in the law that prohibits the military from taking part in the celebration of an international holiday that has been observed from the beginnings of this nation,” the governor told me. “Does the Army have Christmas dinner for soldiers deployed? All the shipping or receiving of Christmas gifts? Allow Christmas trees in military facilities? If so, then the Army already acknowledges Christmas.”

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