Skip to comments.SCHOOLS PLAY SCROOGE AT CHRISTMAS - (WAKE UP, AMERICA!)
Posted on 11/27/2004 1:43:00 PM PST by CHARLITE
In Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, Scrooge wishes that every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
Scrooge would make the perfect public-school bureaucrat -- except hed insist on calling it a holiday pudding, playing Winter Wonderland as background music, and doing it all in the name of inclusiveness, sensitivity and church-state separation.
In the latest manifestation of what Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition calls secular fundamentalism, the South Orange/Mapplewood, New Jersey School District has banned playing the instrumental music of Christmas carols.
In the early 1990s, the district prohibited the singing of Christmas carols. However, in an embarrassing oversight, bands continued to play Silent Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Such gross insensitivity and incipient theocracy shall cease forthwith, the districts superintendent decreed. From now on, the 40-member Columbia High School brass ensemble will be restricted to uplifting numbers like Frosty the Snowman, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Furthermore, an October 29th directive provides that printed programs for holiday concerts must avoid graphics which refer to the holidays, such as Christmas trees and dreidels. In the South Orange/Mapplewood School District, they celebrate generic holiday. Even under torture, they wont disclose more than that.
The public schools have become a major battleground in the war on Christmas (Lookout, Santa, incoming!) and, by extension, Christianity.
Last year, a kindergartener at a school near Portland, Oregon was told he couldnt bring cards with a religious message to a school Christmas party. When a teacher noticed that little Justin Cortezs cards contained the dreaded J-word (Jesus), she confiscated the offending items and forwarded them to the principal who sent them to the superintendent. Thus was the schools secularist early-warning system activated.
The New York City school system allows menorahs and Islamic symbols in holiday displays, but not nativity scenes. Christians thereby are excluded from inclusiveness, presumably in the name of sensitivity.
In 2002, the mother of a student in the Del Mar Union School District in San Diego was told she could no longer read a Christmas book to her childs 4th-grade class. Also, at the Sage Canyon School, teachers were ordered to remove jewelry with a Christmas theme. First a flashing Santa pin, then a state church.
Same year, instructors at an elementary school in Sacramento were told not to use the word Christmas in the classroom or in written material. A la 1984, in public education, Christmas has become the un-holiday.
In Yonkers, New York, public school employees were ordered to purge holiday decorations with religious themes. Silent-Night sanitizing?
According to Rev. Jerry Falwell, a New Jersey middle school cancelled a field trip to attend a performance of Dickens A Christmas Carol. One supposes there was a fear the Ghost of Christmas Past would cause mass conversions or worse.
When a school displays a modicum of common sense here, secularist vigilantes threaten dire consequences. Last year, the Elbert County Charter School in Elizabeth, Colorado had a holiday program that included such proselytizing anthems as Jingle Bells. The ACLU and Anti-Defamation League threatened to sue unless the program was cleansed. A joint letter from the censors to the principal claimed, Jewish students no longer feel safe or welcome at the school. Islamist pogroms are going on across Europe, but in Colorado Jewish kids are threatened by jingle all the way?
The ADL/ACLU letter demanded that the Elbert County Charter School take immediate steps to comply with the constitutional separation of church and state.
Even if the First Amendment required the separation of government and religion (it doesnt), no federal court has ever held that Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, Christmas books or Christmas greetings constitute a violation of the Establishment Clause.
The closest the judiciary has come to a ruling which might effect public-school Christmas celebrations is the Three-Reindeer Rule, in which the Supreme Court held that that there must be a sufficient number of secular items in a Christmas display to allow religious symbols (crèches and menorahs) to pass constitutional muster.
Back in New Jersey, South Orange/Mapplewood Schools Superintendent Peter P. Horoschak explained the rationale behind the new policy, Rather than try to respond to all the various religions and try to balance them, its best to stay away from that and simply have a nonreligious tone to them and have more of a seasonal tone.
There it is. If we cant provide equal time for every religion on earth (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, you-name-it), there can be no reference to -- or musical suggestion of -- the holiday thats celebrated by 96% of the American people.
When liberals cant use their convenient misinterpretation of the First Amendment (reading church-state separation into the Establishment Clause), their fall-back position is multiculturalism, inclusiveness and sensitivity.
Little Omar will feel excluded by trees with tinsel. Myron may fear the onset of another crusade if he hears the strains of O Little Town of Bethlehem drifting through the hallways.
But this hyper-sensitivity to religious minorities requires gross insensitivity to Americas majority religion. You know, the one that begins with a C.
Since at least 9 out of 10 taxpayers are Christians, they foot the bill for a public education system on a search-and-destroy mission against even the mildest expressions of their holidays.
America was founded by Christians and based on Judeo-Christian values. The signers of the Declaration of Independence and drafters of the Constitution all were Christians not Buddhists, or Wiccans or Zoroastrians. Were it not for Protestant Christianity, we wouldnt have limited government, separation of powers, a Bill of Rights or religious tolerance. In short, without Christians, the United States of America would not exist.
Even in an age when traditional religion is driven underground, our currency still says One nation under God not one nation under Allah or Shiva. On January 22nd, like all of his predecessors, George W. Bush will take the oath of office on a Bible that tells the story of the Nativity.
The brave men who fought and died for America in every war from the Revolution to Iraq, overwhelmingly were Christians. Count the number of crosses in Arlington National Cemetery (on federal property, no less). Add the Stars of David. Now compare them to the number of crescents.
Yet in a nation founded by Christians on Christian values, defended by Christians from Bunker Hill to Falluja, primarily populated by Christians, and whose public institutions are financed by Christians, most references to the holiday that celebrates the birth of the founder of Christianity have been expunged.
This isnt just a war over Jingle Bells and holly wreaths, but a war on Christianity, which in turn is a war on the Judeo-Christian ethic.
The public schools are busy inculcating other values humanism, environmentalism, internationalism, multiculturalism, sexual anarchy and New Age spirituality. (In California schools, theres even mandatory instruction on the tenets of Islam, including Im-a-Moslem role-playing.) The goal is to create a society the very antithesis of that envisioned by the Founding Fathers and the patriots who followed in their footsteps.
Reference to Americas Judeo-Christian roots would interfere with the ongoing liberal re-ordering of our society which, ultimately, will be neither jolly nor result in peace on Earth and good will toward men.
Now, if I had my way, every public school administrator who banned Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, etc. -- would be boiled with their own anti-Christmas directives and buried with a rolled up copy of the latest ACLU newsletter through their hearts.
Muslims now comprise about 1% of the American population, numbering 3+ million. Why is it that the tail is wagging the dog in all areas of American society - schools, universities, public events? How CAN this be happening? What is wrong with the rest of us, that we aren't opposing the erosion of our values and traditions more forcefully, legally and vocally?
Just a difference in interpretation, that's all.
If Christmas observance/celebration is to be attacked and silenced in OUR schools and on OUR public property, then I want it attacked and silenced all along Main Street and in every retail outlet. Let's see how far that would go! Not far, you can bet your last dollar on that!
The issue is not other religions, the issue is expressed in Judges 21:25 - every man wants to do what is right in his own eyes (slight paraphrase)
Letters, e-mail, phonecalls, lawsuits etc. will do nothing to end this BS. This is but one of many thousands of examples of the agenda that the left has to destroy America from within. This continues day after day, city after city and most people don't seem to care. Where is the anger? America is being surrendered to its enemies within. What will this nation be like if the left gains control of our govt.? They already indoctrinate through most schools, Universities, entertainment and media. Activist judges take the power of the people away by aking laws from the bench. The leftist ACLU proves time after time that it is anti-American. The divide in this country is way beyond politics. It is a cultural war. It is a war of ideologies. It is no less than defending this nation from those who would destroy it from within. Our great military is doing its part to defend this nation and what it stands for against our foreign enemies. Those in and out of our govt. who truly love this country must make their voices heard and their will felt by ou domestic enemies. It is now past time to stand up and be counted and take this country back. God bless America!!
Someone point out to me where "Jingle Bells" became a religious song.
A good start would be to gather a few like-minded individuals, a long pole, some tar, some feathers, and proceed to the superintendants house. It's called vigilantism. I, of course, would never advocate any such thing, this being an intellectual excercise only.
Of course. Heh heh.
CLASS ACTION! CLASS ACTION! Let all FReepers unite and take it to the courts! It used to work, but Clinton
loaded the courts with liberal judges. Now the courts would rule "agin us"!
At least we should get in touch with our representatives,
as well as our president about our misgivings on this overt bigotry against the Christian religion!
A Civil War? I'd enlist in a N.Y minute!
Just too bad most people won't do it. But if we did could, :-), you can hear the out cry from the ACLU? Those poor people without jobs, we need to sue some one!
We should not stand for this. We are free to excerise our religious beliefs.
Oh, wow! Could we really do that, PLEASE? At least until it's DECEMBER?!?
When I was a kid, Singer Clothing Store was the first one in town to put up Christmas decorations every year.
Mr. Singer was also responsible for having the public schools remove theirs.
"The New York City school system allows menorahs and Islamic symbols in holiday displays, but not nativity scenes. Christians thereby are excluded from inclusiveness, presumably in the name of sensitivity."
This type of thing is one of the reasons a group of parents started the Christian school my nieces attended out in CA. The Christian kids felt excluded from their public school.
We all know how far overboard the schools have gone. No Christmas vacation but Winter vacation, no Christmas carols but "Holiday" songs, etc., etc.
But have you realized how hard it is to even buy cards that say Christmas? Or that displays of Christmas trees or Christmas ornaments are not called Christmas (whatever) but Holiday (whatever).
What freakin' holiday other than Christmas they are for, I have no idea, but you know we can't offend anyone.
I was in Target yesterday, admittedly on a mission to find Christmas "stuff". I looked at four shelves of "Holiday" cards. Out of probably 150 different cards, THREE had the word "Christmas".
No artificial trees had the word "Christmas" and out of hundreds of ornaments TWO had "Christmas" either on the ornament or on the label.
Oh, and no bell ringer out front.
Face it folks, the season of love and happiness, giving and forgiving, it fast on its way to turning into just another day.
At least the ADL and ACLU could then rest easy.
Can making Festivus the official national celebration be far behind?
The ACLU and Anti-Defamation League threatened to sue unless the program was cleansed.
Join the fight against the ACLU and their ilk by becoming involved with and supporting the following organizations:
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) - http://www.aclj.org
Thomas More Law Center - http://www.thomasmore.org
Alliance Defense Fund - http://www.alliancedefensefund.org
The Rutherford Institute - http://www.rutherford.org/
Well said. Make no mistake, the anger is there and these domestic terrorist organizations are gravely mistaken if they think they will win this cultural war.
A Civil War? I'd enlist in a N.Y minute!
Rest assured, you are not alone...
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