NORAD's Santa tracking promotes 'militarism'

Every Christmas, dozens of volunteers stationed with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) man the phones in one of the cafeterias that has been converted into a Santa tracking unit. The volunteers take calls from kids all over the world who want to know where Santa is and when he'll get to their town. There is also a clever, interactive website that shows the progress of Santa's sleigh on Christmas eve. All of this is just too much for some, who seek to use controversy as a fund raising gimmick. The U.S. and Canadian military will entertain millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts. But there's something new this year: public criticism. A children's advocacy group says an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh. It's a rare swipe at the popular program, which last year attracted a record 22.3 million...(Read Full Post)