Skip to comments.Federal Government Bans Religious Ornaments for 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree
Posted on 09/30/2009 9:32:49 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
PHOENIX, Arizona, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) called on Arizona state and federal officials on Monday to stop enforcing a requirement prohibiting the state's schoolchildren from expressing religious viewpoints through Christmas themes while decorating ornaments for the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree.
Arizona was chosen this year to present 4,000 handcrafted ornaments made by elementary, middle-school, and high-school students to decorate Washington, D.C.'s annual Christmas tree.
Guidelines for the ornaments include specifications for their size, weight, composition, and the directive that "Ornaments cannot reflect a religious or political theme Instead share your interpretation of our theme 'Arizona's Gift, from the Grand Canyon State.'"
In a letter to federal and state officials, including Arizona Governor Janice Brewer, ADF attorneys demanded that they abandon the discrimination against religious viewpoints.
"Banning Christmas from the Capitol Christmas tree is just absurd. Christian students shouldn't be discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs," said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs.
"The First Amendment does not allow government officials to exclude schoolchildren's ornaments for the capitol's Christmas tree merely because they communicate a religious viewpoint."
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I posted about this last year he was gonna cancel Christmas
Christmas is about Jesus?
I think you mentioned the loss of common sense and reason in a thread somewhere yesterday?
“Ornaments cannot reflect a religious . . . theme”
OK. NO Christmas.
Better that than a secular “feel good” day.
They’ll just put pictures of 0bama on all of the ornaments, and replace the crosses with some sort of 0bama symbolism. Instead of traditional Christmas songs, the children can sing songs praising 0bama.
Why even have a Christmas tree???
maybe they should decorate it with figurines of all the terrorists they have let go.
Aw what a bummer!
I’ve been working in my garage on a 16 inch high middle finger digit raised ornament, with Zer0 printed across the wrist.
I guess to keep within the size gudelines, I’ll have to make it only 8 inches tall!
Ticks me off!
They could hang the hammer & sickle on their front door instead of a Christmas Wreath!
Under pressure and persecution, Christianity grows, not shrinks. We know the enemy, now get busy.
The government cannot limit the practice of religion or force anything like that.
Remembering why we had the people coming to the U. S. (to escape the tyranny of the British over issues including forced church laws.)
funny...now suppose we just started saying a Donkey is part of a Biblical religious theme so it should not be shown anywhere even during the year..Ya think the dimRATS might be offended ?....
And instead of a Cross we could decorate the tree with military medals and memorabilia—like the Croix de Guerre, the Purple Heart, a Silver Star, The Navy Cross,a barn with mangers where soldiers hid out, figures of a young couple—he in a uniform, holding a little baby..and little paper airplanes with some artwork on them..
Poor dimRAT fools...don’t they know we’ll get around every anti-Christmas rule they try and push through...
Woot for political correct Christmas...
The Founding Father’s would not recognize the America they established. How about a rolling over in their graves ping?
You are thinking creatively! This is exactly the way to go.
Ornaments cannot reflect a religious or political theme Instead share your interpretation of our theme ‘Arizona’s Gift, from the Grand Canyon State.’
Interpretation of “Arizona’s Gift, from the Grand Canyon State” ???
Exactly WHAT the HELL does that mean ???
Ya think I could make a small diarama ornament depicting wetbacks illegally crossing the border from Mexico ???
This doesn’t surprise me. I thought when the tree came last year, that it would be the last real CHIRSTMAS tree there would be in the WH for a long while — or ever. I’m sure the decorations will not be the quality that the last 8 years have been.