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December 06, 2005

Censoring Christ out of Christmas

From WorldNetDaily...

A statement from Liberty Counsel tells the story of Barbara Wheeler, whose 9-year-old daughter attends school in the district. In 2003, when the district's music programs excluded religious Christmas songs, Wheeler complained about their absence. School officials said they would get back with her, but they reportedly never did. Last year, Wheeler voiced complaints to the district in mid-November, but school officials said the songs already were set. 

This year, when the school's music program contained Hanukkah and secular Christmas songs but no religious Christmas songs, Wheeler again objected. 

That's when the mother was referred to the district's written policy: 

"Music programs given at times close to religious holidays should not use the religious aspect of these holidays as the underlying motive or theme. No songs should be sung which contain dogmatic religious statements." 

According to Liberty Counsel, Frances Smith, the district administrator, says the Hanukkah songs are more cultural than spiritual and thus are OK to sing. 

On behalf of Wheeler, Liberty Counsel has written a demand letter to the district, stating that the school's policy is unconstitutional.

Hang on...wait for it. While many Jews are supportive of effort to stop the censorship of Christianity, some, of the Liberal persuasion, will loudly claim that this is really an effort to censor Judaism, since the more likely result will be the school's removal of the Hanukkah songs. But no one has complained that they shouldn't be there, only that it makes no sense to censor Christian songs while allowing Jewish ones. Both belong in the program, but the bigots at the school will more than likely choose exclusion over inclusion rather than give an inch in their hatred of Christianity.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 6, 2005 05:44 AM

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