In the name of inclusivity and diversity, two schools issued bans on certain Christmastime traditions and symbols, but they seem not to know the difference between the religious meaning of Christmas and secular candy-cane additions to a season of the year associated with Christmas.
Jennifer Sinclair, the principal of Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Neb., sent a memo to teachers alerting them that anything Christmas-related would be deemed unacceptable including the colors red and green, Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer, Christmas carols, Christmas movies, and candy canes. The reason? Said Sinclair, “We have varied religious beliefs in our school, and it is our job to be inclusive.”
Additionally, a chorus teacher at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Va., made a decision after consulting with school administrators to ban Christmas songs that mention Jesus “in order to be more sensitive to the increasing (sic) diverse population at the school.”
Fortunately, conservative legal groups have challenged the idea that the Constitution requires the exclusion of any religious connotations associated with the Christmas season.
In Nebraska, Richard Mast of Liberty Counsel sent a letter to Superintendent Bary Habrock demanding Sinclair’s directive at Manchester Elementary School be overturned. “The First Amendment simply does not require elimination of all Christmas symbols—religious and secular—in a misguided attempt to be ‘inclusive’ by eliminating all traditional elements of a federally- and state-recognized holiday,” said Mast.
In Virginia, First Liberty Institute confronted Robious Middle School by writing a letter to Chesterfield County School District explaining that the law does not require public schools to censor “sacred” content from holiday events.
While the Manchester Elementary School Christmas ban was reversed, there is no indication at this time of any change to the Robious Middle School policy.
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