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ADF Contacts Over 3,600 School Districts Over Attempts To Censor Christmas
Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Nov. 18, 2004 | ADF Media Relations

Posted on 11/18/2004 12:45:31 PM PST by Lindykim

Web: http://www.alliancedefensefund.org    Email: info@telladf.org     Phone: 1-800-TELL-ADF    ADF contacts over 3,600 school districts nationwide regarding attempts to censor Christmas   Release Date: 2004-11-17 Primary Category: Religious Freedom ADF Media Relations 480-444-0020 ADF contacts over 3,600 school districts nationwide regarding attempts to censor Christmas Second annual Christmas Project declares, "It's okay to say Merry Christmas!"

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The Alliance Defense Fund has contacted over 3,600 school districts across the nation within the last month explaining the law with regard to the celebration of Christmas in the public schools.

"The phrase 'separation of church and state' is not in the U.S. Constitution, but because of the fear, intimidation, and disinformation groups like the ACLU promote, many public officials and educational leaders mistakenly believe it is their duty to silence Christian religious expression," said ADF President Alan Sears.  "ADF's goal this season is to inform and educate the 96% of Americans who celebrate Christmas regarding their rights."

The number of school districts contacted continues to grow as part of ADF's Christmas Project, which includes the mobilization of a nationwide force of more than 700 allied attorneys available to combat any attempts to censor the celebration of Christmas in schools and on public property.

Earlier this month, ADF delivered the same information on the law to every state board of education and National Education Association (NEA) chapter in the country, as well as to the national NEA office and the U.S. Department of Education (www.alliancedefensefund.org/story/?id=537).  Among the 3,600 school districts contacted are every school district in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, and Virginia, as well as numerous school districts in other states.

The goal of ADF's Christmas Project is to clear up misconceptions about seasonal religious expression on public property:

The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled that public schools must ban the singing of religious Christmas carols or prohibit the distribution of candy canes or Christmas cards.

School officials may refer to a school break in December as "Christmas Vacation" or as a holiday without offending the Constitution. School officials do not violate the Constitution by closing on religious holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday.

No court has ever held that celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas as religious holidays requires recognition of all other religious holidays.

The "Three Reindeer Rule" used by the courts requires a municipality to place a sufficient number of secular objects in close enough proximity to the Christmas item (such as a crèche) to render the overall display sufficiently secular.  Although the overall display must not convey a message endorsing a particular religion's view, Christmas displays are not banned as some people believe.  Simply put, the courts ask, "Is the municipality celebrating the holiday or promoting religion?"

ADF will represent people of faith, as well as school districts or other entities, free of charge to defend their freedom of speech regarding Christmas.

The United States and its presidents historically have recognized religious holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.  On December 24, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the nation, saying, "Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way because of its deep spiritual meaning to us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will."

"We want to dispel the myths about religious expression at Christmastime that have prompted wrongful acts of government censorship of religious speech," Sears said.  "It's okay to say, 'Merry Christmas!'"

ADF has prepared a free informational pamphlet titled "The Truth about Religious Expression at Christmastime."  An informational letter that can be sent to school officials regarding the law and Christmas expression is also available. 

Visit www.alliancedefensefund.org/faqs/resources.php or call 1-800-TELL-ADF. ADF is America's largest legal alliance defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. www.telladf.org

Related Information  Early Christmas gift: City wins, ACLU loses  

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; churchandstate; education

1 posted on 11/18/2004 12:45:31 PM PST by Lindykim
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To: little jeremiah; ItsOurTimeNow

ping

Although this isn't about homosexuality, I still felt you'd like to read this.


2 posted on 11/18/2004 12:47:09 PM PST by Lindykim
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To: Lindykim

And then the ADF stands there with their mouths open in wonder and awe at the persistence and growth of anti-Semitism...


3 posted on 11/18/2004 12:50:34 PM PST by tracer (Forrest)
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To: Lindykim

"No court has ever held that celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas as religious holidays requires recognition of all other religious holidays."

Since when is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?


4 posted on 11/18/2004 12:51:52 PM PST by valence
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To: Lindykim

OK I take back most of what I said about lawyers.


5 posted on 11/18/2004 12:52:03 PM PST by concretebob (Partnership for an Idiot-Free America)
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To: valence

Whom do you suppose we might be thanking?


6 posted on 11/18/2004 12:53:09 PM PST by concretebob (Partnership for an Idiot-Free America)
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To: tracer

???????????????

The only "peristence" and "growth" of anti-Semitism is among Islamofascists and their socialist lackies.


7 posted on 11/18/2004 12:53:46 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: valence

General Thanksgiving



By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION






WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington





Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789


8 posted on 11/18/2004 12:57:51 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Lindykim
"It's okay to say, 'Merry Christmas!'"

Several years ago I started to relentlessly use "Merry Christmas" during the holiday season. I send out blatantly Christian Christmas cards. I have TWO creches at home.

It's funny to see how some people react. It's like they think Christmas is risque! Sort of a guilty pleasure-type thing.

9 posted on 11/18/2004 12:58:23 PM PST by Gingersnap
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To: valence

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863



The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln




10 posted on 11/18/2004 12:59:33 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Gingersnap

I am not Christian, but when a Christian wishes me a Merry Christmas...I know they are wishing for me the very best of what they believe in...and I graciously accept & return the Godness.

I've been searching the net for who is going to defend Christmas this year as it is my belief that the Christian religion has nothing to be ashamed of and I am willing to stand up with them to defend Freedom of Religion. Thanks for posting the above article.


11 posted on 11/18/2004 1:06:24 PM PST by EBH (A very proud Aunt of a US Marine in Fallujah)
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To: Lindykim
I am just glad to see them standing up this year and making the first moves on this issue. Normally The ACLU speaks first and the schools give in. Hopefully this year it won't happen.
12 posted on 11/18/2004 1:06:27 PM PST by FloridianBushFan (Thank You Veterans)
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To: tracer
And then the ADF stands there with their mouths open in wonder and awe at the persistence and growth of anti-Semitism...

Did you even READ the article?

13 posted on 11/18/2004 1:39:59 PM PST by malakhi
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To: malakhi

"Did you even READ the article?"

Huh? What? You mean we're supposed to actually READ these articles. Shoot...I don't have time to do that. If I read all these articles, I wouldn't have time to make senseless posts that meant nothing. I'd be spending all my time trying to understand what the articles meant. Thats...why, thats...pretty good sense.

Too bad that too few bother.


14 posted on 11/18/2004 1:50:05 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: ZULU

Not so. This kind of action has a way of ticking of large numbers of Americans who are tired of seeing Christianity and religion in general attacked. A common yet irrational response to the antics of the ADL is to blame said antics on Jews in general. FWIW, I don't run in those herds, but they do exist....


15 posted on 11/18/2004 1:50:31 PM PST by tracer (Forrest)
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To: tracer

Tracer.....Tracer....Are you there?

This article is about the ADF...the Alliance Defence Fund, not the ADL. See what happens when you don't read the article?

Duh.....


16 posted on 11/18/2004 1:52:21 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: ZULU

Our mutual correspondent appears to have confused the subject of this article, the ADF, with the ADL. By not bothering to read the article, his knee has jerked uncontrollably, to his embarrassment. We will see if he bothers to read these replies.


17 posted on 11/18/2004 1:55:39 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan; ZULU; malakhi
What I did was misread the article, which said the exact opposite of what I thought I saw when I skimmed it.

Sorry about that. I need to see my friend and ophthalmologist, who, BTW, is Jewish.

And it wasn't even about the ADL. Groan.....

18 posted on 11/18/2004 2:01:18 PM PST by tracer (Forrest)
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To: tracer

I'm sure that knee will heal shortly, but, to avoid further damage, I advise not jerking it any further. [grin]


19 posted on 11/18/2004 2:07:59 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan

snip.....See what happens when you don't read the article?



Wish him a "Happy Thanksgiving"........maybe that'll get his attention :-)


20 posted on 11/18/2004 2:36:10 PM PST by Lindykim
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To: MineralMan

Confucius say: "Hard to jerk knee when foot in mouth".... 8~D


23 posted on 11/18/2004 4:29:02 PM PST by tracer (Forrest)
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To: Spann_Tillman

"I thought it was about the Israeli Defense Forces."

Did you? Another non-reader?


24 posted on 11/18/2004 5:07:17 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Lindykim

I do like this article, and see my next post!


25 posted on 11/19/2004 12:20:06 AM PST by little jeremiah (Moral absolutes are what make humans human.)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Dear Homosexual Agenda Ping People,

I am herewith starting a new (additional) ping list, entitled "Moral Absolutes Ping List". It will cover such topics as: pornography, NOT homosexuality since that has its own list, marriage and fidelity issues, possible school and/or childraising and other family issues, universal moral issues, media as it relates to morality in general or particular, 10 commandment issues, and the dastardly deeds of the ACLU. And whatever strikes my fancy.

IF - any of you want ON this new pinglist, freepmail me. No doubt a lot of these issues may be on other lists; this may change as I do it. I do not plan this to be an ultra busy list; just articles that prove a point or have some special interest. Although it may wind up being busier than I plan...

Any input, ideas, or pings to relevant articles appreciated!

Thanks,
little jeremiah


26 posted on 11/19/2004 12:22:45 AM PST by little jeremiah (Moral absolutes are what make humans human.)
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To: valence

Who do you think is being thanked?


27 posted on 11/19/2004 12:23:50 AM PST by little jeremiah (Moral absolutes are what make humans human.)
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To: Lindykim

The ADF is a gaggle of America and Christian haters that need to be outed big time!


28 posted on 11/19/2004 5:08:22 AM PST by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: JesseHousman

Oh for heaven's sake. Please READ the article before making the same wrong knee-jerk reply three other people have already made on this thread!


29 posted on 11/19/2004 5:10:33 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: tracer

I've done the same thing myself - numerous times.


30 posted on 11/19/2004 5:44:23 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: HostileTerritory
Yes, Hostile, you're absolutely right.

Those of us who are still working have a tendency to read too fast and furious.

Thanks for pointing out my ridiculously stupid blunder.

31 posted on 11/19/2004 8:33:39 AM PST by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: Lindykim; MeekOneGOP
""The phrase 'separation of church and state' is not in the U.S. Constitution, but because of the fear, intimidation, and disinformation groups like the ACLU promote, many public officials and educational leaders mistakenly believe it is their duty to silence Christian religious expression," said ADF President Alan Sears. "ADF's goal this season is to inform and educate the 96% of Americans who celebrate Christmas regarding their rights."

ACLU = ANTI CHRISTIAN LAWYERS UNION OR JIHAD WITH A LAW DEGREE

32 posted on 11/19/2004 9:06:59 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: Lindykim

bump


33 posted on 11/19/2004 9:50:34 AM PST by apackof2 (Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!)
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To: valence

"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

...That would be GOD, therefore, you can safely say, Giving thanks to God is generally considered a RELIGIOUS ACT.


34 posted on 12/23/2004 1:30:44 AM PST by Wil H
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To: FloridianBushFan

I am just glad to see them standing up this year and making the first moves on this issue. Normally The ACLU speaks first and the schools give in. Hopefully this year it won't happen.

While I know that most conservatives don't see the "separation of church and state" I have nonetheless seen them use that arguement in cases where the government is infringing on religion. I have read of some recent cases where the government is trying to make laws prohibiting religions from discriminating in their hiring practices (e.g. against hiring those of the gay persuasion) when employing others. Some conservative there have argued that there is "separation of church and state." I think that a religion should have its own say in who it hires, that it should not be determined by the government. Also, we must be careful on private or religious groups who receive federal or government money as there may be strings attached. I prefer to mostly keep private (especially religious) entities private and not be wards or agents for the government or enforcement of restrictive rules.


35 posted on 02/01/2005 6:58:04 AM PST by moog
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