Skip to comments.Texas School District Bans Christmas Colors
Posted on 12/16/2004 8:54:46 AM PST by RayChuang88
(MCNS)--Attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Plano Independent School District for a discriminatory policy that censors the Christmas religious expression of students and their parents.
The policy is a perfect example of politically correct extremism, said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb.
School officials have gone so far as to prohibit students from wearing red and green at their winter break parties because they claim they are Christmas colors. Even the plates and napkins must be white. The districts policy is ludicrous to even the most common observer.
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I expect within the next two years a case about banning anything Christmas will end up in the US Supreme Court to be decided once and for all.
This is just insane. You know, I just don't even have words to describe how incredibly retarded the PC crowd has become. I'm not a violent man by nature but this makes me want to slap someone.
What an absolute crazy ruling, filled with more stupidity than one can imagine.
White is the color of snow.
Snow is Christmas-y.
Ergo, the school is endorsing Christmas.
Texas of all the States has a very big majority of "born again" Christians. How in hell, these radical minority liberals in the school system or the court system managed to "FORCE" their ridiculous hate of Christians down the throat of the majority? The only way that can be don is if the majority are STUPID, and allowed themselves to be insulted without making a hell of a noise.
That is a absurd ban which defies logic and history. Red and green as colors of Yule celebrations predates Christianity. They might as well ban the moon and the stars since they could be religious symbols also.
This is a joke right?
44. The Wearin o the Green
OH, Paddy dear! and did ye hear the news thats goin round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground!
No more St. Patricks day well keep; his colour cant be seen,
For theres a cruel law agin the Wearin o the Green!
I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand, 5
And he said, Hows poor ould Ireland, and how does she stand?
Shes the most distressful country that ever yet was seen,
For theyre hanging men and women there for the Wearin o the Green.
An if the colour we must wear is Englands cruel red,
Let it remind us of the blood that Ireland has shed; 10
Then pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod,
An never fear, twill take root there, though under foot tis trod.
When law can stop the blades of grass from growin as they grow,
An when the leaves in summer time their colour dare not show,
Then I will change the colour, too, I wear in my caubeen; 15
But till that day, plaise God, Ill stick to the Wearin o the Green.
Shut down the entire system for 24 hrs.
The schools would lose their federal funds for that day. Then watch them squeal!
They should ban the word "tree" because whether it's oak, maple, elm, willow, or what have you, the word "tree" may make some child think of a Christmas tree, and someone may be offended.
They should then ban the letter "X", because even though it is intended to represent the Greek letter "Chi" when used in X-Mas, it still might make some children think of Christmas, and someone may be offended. Besides, who needs to learn about xylophones and xrays anyway?
They should ban the use of the word "manager" because that's a tad too close to "manger", and a simple typographical error could cause some child to think of Christmas, and someone may be offended.
In math, ban the idea, the concept, and especially the word "Angle", because it's too close to "angel", and... well, see above.
In fact, we should ban EVERYthing, because something, somewhere, may trigger a child's imagination, and may remind them of Christmas somehow. And we all know it's better to go back to living in caves, to dying young, to suffering from the inability to even speak with one another, than to accidentally bring the idea of God or Jesus into a conversation in any possible way.
Oh, and never mind that a majority is offended by the idea that we CANNOT utter anything that may be construed as religious. Sigh...
May be your Queen should teach our President a lesson?
Those people who x-ray xylophones for a living.
"This is a joke right?"
Apparently not. See article link.
I'll see your slap and raise you a swift kick in the tookus.
I'll see your swift kick in the tookus and raise you immersion in molten iron.
Heh, my grandmother would "shake the teeth out of their heads".
People there just want to get back to being just Plano Texans.
LAZ! Haven't seen you in a long time!
I'll see your molten iron and raise you a FREE Bible for each party involved. That would be the absolute worst thing they could possibly have to endure, in their own mind.
Makes one want to scream at the top of one's lungs
ARE THEY F-ING KIDDING?!?!?
Pray for a turn away from apostasy.
I may wear it out, but it is not an attack on Christianity; it's an attack on Humanity and Christianity is merely the next step.
One good start is to find who funds the ACLU, and boycott all these companies, such as Seagram beverage,...?
It's great to be seen!
It's better to be obscene.
I'll see your free Bible and raise you one (1) judgement by G-d.
I hate to sound politically incorrect, but I think it is important to look at the sexual orientation of the board that is doing this ridiculous, petty but hurtful thing. In fact, lets look into the sexual orientation of the forces behind the Anti=Christian Legal Union. After reading that homosexuals were behind Target banning the Salvation Army, that 75% of the editors of the New York Slime are gay men, and we won't get into the blue states, it may not be something that we want to freely dismiss. They are instigating a civil war IMHO.
Isn't white also the symbol of purity for the Virgin Mary?
This school is soooo screwed.
Ah HA! Dissin' Kwanza, is dey?
Somebody get me Jesse on the phone!
School officials have gone so far as to prohibit students from wearing red and green at their winter break parties because they claim they are Christmas colors.
If I had enough money, I'd buy a "Merry Christmas Believe It Say It" pin for every kid in the school system.
It's okay to say Merry Christmas:
Plano ISD sued for censorship
Educators say they've already eased rules on handouts
11:10 AM CST on Thursday, December 16, 2004
A religious-rights law firm delivered notice of an early and unwanted Christmas present to the Plano school district Wednesday a federal lawsuit alleging a pattern of religious censorship and violation of students' free-speech rights.
Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute first threatened to sue the district over a Christian message attached to a candy cane pen at a school holiday party last year. Attorneys said they've spent the past year gathering examples of "violation after violation" of constitutional rights in elementary schools.
Jonathan Morgan ... student and
family among suit's plaintiffs.
"In Texas???" ping
Wasn't a politician recently arrested in your beloved country for simply saying something he believed? Your country (UK) is marching just as fast into thought control as is ours. At least we can still arm ourselves over here. They might still celebrate Christmas in the UK, but in 20 years the UK will be a Muslim country, so enjoy it whilst it lasts.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the U.S. - UK alliance, but don't you think monarchy is a little outdated? I just don't get the whole King/Queen crap.
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Plano families fight school district policies
The Legend of the Candy Cane" has resulted in a federal lawsuit against the Plano school district concerning the place of religion in schools.
The tale begins, "A candy maker wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ. First of all, he used a hard candy cane because Christ is the Rock of Ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble a 'J' for Jesus, or turned upside down, a shepherd's staff."
A year ago, school officials allegedly would not allow Jonathan Morgan to give out candy cane pens with an attached bookmark of "The Legend of the Candy Cane" to his classmates.
Although Morgan can bring his gifts to school this year, the incident brought attention to school district policies that at least four Plano families believe restrict the religious freedoms of their children.
During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Kelly Shackelford, legal counsel of Liberty Legal Institute, announced that his firm had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Sherman on behalf of the four families.
In a statement prepared by its attorneys, Plano school district officials state that the district is committed to protecting students' religious freedoms.
"The Plano ISD has repeatedly indicated to Liberty Legal its belief that each student has a right to religious expression and the Plano ISD is committed to providing students with that right," read a statement prepared by the district's attorneys.
"The Plano ISD is proud of the uniquely diverse population of students enrolled in the District and their diverse religious beliefs," the statement continues. "The Plano ISD will continue to pursue its mandate of 'teamwork for excellence' within its schools."
The lawsuit cites situations at Thomas Elementary, Hughston Elementary, Wells Elementary and Razor Elementary in which school officials have kept students from distributing free tickets to religious events, pencils with the word "Jesus" and the candy cane pens with religious bookmarks.
"Our schools are not zones of religious censorship," Shackelford said. His law firm has filed lawsuits in many cases involving disputes over First Amendment freedoms.
And when Morgan was in third grade last year, his principal and teacher would not allow him to hand out the candy cane pens and bookmark during the class party because of their religious nature, the lawsuit states. While he could not give out the religious messages, his classmates were allowed to exchange other secular gifts. School officials told Morgan he could only distribute his gifts in the library or on the sidewalk, according to the lawsuit.
The Morgan family said last year they planned to file suit after the incident. After news reports told the story, Liberty Legal Institute received calls from other families who told of similar problems at Plano schools, Shackelford said.
"It's part of a pattern and practice at Plano ISD that really has to be put to a stop very soon," said Hiram Sasser, one of the attorneys in the case. "It's sending a very clear message to the students that religion is not to be allowed in the building. That's a terrible message."
School officials stated Wednesday that a decision was made earlier this year that children could distribute any materials, including those that are religious, during class parties because they determined that class parties are non-instructional time.
"As a result, the District decided that students and parents could hand out any materials, written or otherwise, that they desired as long as the distribution did not cause a material and substantial disruption to the school environment," read the district's statement.
However, Liberty Legal disputed the district's response with a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon.
"We have been told Plano ISD released a statement that they were planning all along to do the Christmas Party during non-instructional time and that students would be allowed to pass out anything they want," the statement reads. "This is untrue. They have never told the parents, students or their attorneys this. In fact, in their letter of just one week ago to parents, it explicitly states that the school policy prohibiting distribution of materials at school would apply."
But Liberty Legal attorneys state that the district must still change its policy.
"This would not, however, resolve all the problems," the statement from Liberty Legal concludes. "Are they still going to apply this unconstitutional policy during the rest of the school day each day, just not during the Christmas Party? Will more little girls be told they may not hand out pencils with "Jesus" on them?"
Speaking for his son, Doug Morgan said Wednesday that Jonathan wanted to share his Christian beliefs with his friends, a practice that is encouraged at home and at church.
"My child just with his Christian beliefs, feeling that a religious message is something we're commanded to do as part of our teaching, and then to be precluded from doing it made him feel like for some reason it wasn't OK," Doug Morgan said. "It wasn't something that was appropriate to be shared in public." --- missing word?
But Sasser said a 1969 Supreme Court decision, in Tinker v. Des Moines, allows for all free speech, including religious speech, as long as the speech does not disrupt school activities and does not interfere with the rights of others.
"We want them to do that," Sasser said, saying that the district's legal policy reflects the Supreme Court ruling.
The district's local policy states that classrooms are designated for student instruction and hallways simply connect students with classrooms and lockers.
"Each school campus shall designate an area where materials that have been approved for distribution, as provided below, may be made available or distributed to students or others in accordance with the time, place, and manner restrictions developed and approved by the campus principal," the district's local policy states.
The district policy requires prior review by school officials of all written material outside of the district's control. School officials can prohibit the distribution of materials such as fliers and pencils if they are obscene, provide a danger to health, violate the rights of another person, contain defamatory statements about a person, criticize the school board or school officials, promote in disruptive action or include attacks on groups of people.
Schools have some legal authority to restrict First Amendment rights at school if those rights interfere with school activities, said Lackland Bloom, a law professor at Southern Methodist University who teaches constitutional law. The question is what the district is trying to protect in limiting religious speech.
"Obviously, there's more latitude in a school setting, especially an elementary school setting, but there's some limits," Bloom said.
At the same time, Schackelford knows the law and wins many cases, Bloom said.
Shackelford said that if students can talk about Madonna and the Cowboys, they can talk about their faith.
"Jonathan just wanted to participate like everyone else with the goodie bags," Shackelford said. "He was excited about being able to hand something to them in connection with Christmas that was really personal to him. It's something that he believed and he wanted to share with his fellow students."
And government officials do not have the right to tell students and others what they can say, Shackelford said.
Contact staff writer Brenda Bernet at 972-398-4265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I'll see your swift kick to the tookus and immersion in molten iron and raise you 12 mandatory hours of viewing "The Anna Nicole Smith Show".
Wait for Al 'n' Jesse to yell RACISM!!
Hey, look, let's not get cruel here.
There is NO doubt that the time has come for serious civil disobedience regarding this kind of crap. People must stand up and say NO MORE. In this instance, everybody who possibly can should be wearing red and green, carrying red and green. They should bring red and green paper plates or napkins or cups in their backpacks. And parents should show up in the hallways IMHO, and dare the officials to attempt to enforce their ludicrous ban.
Moral Absolutes Ping. (Just a note: I lost most of the names on this list, so ping me if you want on/back on/off this pinglist!)
Can you really believe this? I know it's true, but I keep shaking my head so much my brains are swimming. What is the matter with these people? Is it that they hate God so much they must live in a "search and destroy" mode? Or are some of them fearful little wimps who tremble in terror that somehwere, somehow, an atheist might look crosseyed at them?
This whole CHRISTMAS season (along with everything else) reminds me of a bad illness that is coming to a fever pitch - the fever has to come to a climax and the patient will either die or get well.
Four traditional CHRISTmas pieces
Two traditional Jewish folk songs
Three Winter Holiday-esque pieces (including "Frosty's Caribbean Holiday"
an "African Noel" with the newly formed drum ensemble
"Sakura", a Japanese piece for strings.
Inclusive and respectful of any and all, just as was intended. Not much room for complaint because the program was as diverse as the student body, and any complainers would be outed as bigots. I really love my town.
We're in Texas . . . we've never seen snow! For all we know, it could look like red clay dirt.