Deleting "Christmas'' from social studies proposed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A proposal for a new social studies curriculum for Texas public schools removes the word "Christmas'' in a sixth-grade lesson.

That's riling up conservatives, who call it another battle in the "war'' against the Christian holiday. Jonathan Saenz is a lobbyist for the conservative Free Market Foundation, calls it "outrageous that the war on Christmas continues in our state and in our nation.'' He contends removing "Christmas'' from the curriculum is an "effort to mislead students about current society.''

The draft proposal being considered by the State Board of Education removes the word Christmas in a section on culture. The section now instructs students to explain the significance of religious holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. The proposal deletes Christmas and adds Diwali, a Hindu festival.