Skip to comments.ACLU WARNS SCHOOLS TO SAY "HOLIDAY" VS. "CHRISTMAS"
Posted on 12/09/2010 4:12:22 PM PST by NYer
School superintendents across the state were reminded by the ACLU this week that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) letter, addressed to 137 public shool leaders across the state, stated that it was responding to a number of complaints from families about school party activites this Christmas season.
Hedy Weinburg, ACLU executive director in Tennessee, cited several U.S. Supreme Court decisions about the matter.
But several area citizens, like Jim Brown, think that such admonitions are misguided and potentially dangerous. Brown commented on the news, saying "We are a Christian nation. Let's act like it." and said that he hopes that the teachers and administration will celebrate the Christmas season.
Said one area teacher (name withheld), "I respect people of different faiths, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to eliminate my own from my work and and my classroom. I can enjoy Christmas as Christmas without worrying that I'm going to offend someone. My money still says that I trust in God. Are they going to stop me from using that, too?"
The letter was sent from the ACLU to the top administrators across the state. What those administrators do with the information is yet to be seen.
The ACLU is a curse upon our nation.
How about we all bombard the ACLU with religious Christmas cards this year like, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
How about we all bombard the ACLU with religious Christmas cards this year like, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”?
Schools are not “Congress”.
Christmas Day is a Legal United States Holiday and State Holiday on all USA calendars and public school calendars.
Yep! I send ‘em one every year, just to say Merry CHRISTmas.
Here’s their address, if you want to do the same:
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
Well, that was their address for donations, at least. I’m sure it will work.
PS - I’m adding the American Atheists to my card list this year, too.
All Christians Lets Unite.
I had to go to the site to find out what state this article was talking about. I wish people would include that info.
It’s TN, btw.
I think everyone has had just about enough of this anti Christmas crap & will ignore anything the ACLU has to say.
Up yours ACLU, and have a very Merry Christmas!
Pls ignore prior rant, I didn’t read the posting carefully enough. Sorry. My bad. Long day.
Why can’t WikiLeaks hit the ACLU and DNC?!
Exactly. There would be no “holiday” if it weren’t for the birth of Christ.
I’d love to see all 137 of them tell the ACLU to go p!$$ up a rope.
Don’t think that they are not working to change that.
I don't see how anyone could bring themselves to contribute to such a farcical organization.
Warning, political correctness will not be tolerated in this house!
Surely she was raised as, and identifies as Presbyterian.
I received an email around Thanksgiving urging people to do just that, send the ALCU’s national headquarters a religious Christmas card.
Executive Director: Ramona Ripston. 1313 W. 8th Street Los Angeles CA 90017
That would be in the name of freedom of speech, right?
Chanuka is over so there is only one other holiday left this month.
Another target for Federal budget elimination.
I work for an employer that is happy for me to say “Merry Christmas” to our customers and prospects. The people to whom I saw Merry Christmas are really nicely surprised by my greeting and return it with enthusiasm and a smile.
Unless and until they change the name of the LEGAL HOLIDAY they shouldn’t have a legal leg to stand on, should they?
AHA! So not only the NEA but the ACLU is running government schools! Unless public schools are managed by the local boards, there is no hope for the future. On the other hand, Oregon has just made it possible for “religious” clothing to be worn by pupils. This must be good news for the burka crowd.
ACLU on Ramadan and EID? If that was celebrated I bet you wouldn’t hear a peep out of them. How about Kwanzaa?
"Surely she was raised as, and identifies as Presbyterian."
I am Jewish, and every single time I see some JINO speak for the ACLU it makes me cringe.
I have been the recipient of many a "Merry Christmas!" over the years and continuing to literally today, and it never bothered me. To me, it is just someone trying to be friendly and say some kind words to me, and my response is usually something along the lines of, "And the same to you and your family."
We have a diverse culture, but Christians have always been and continue to be the vast majority. I have absolutely zero problem with that, only those very few individuals (Christian or otherwise) who insult me because of my heritage - and I'm not so stupid and/or thin-skinned to attribute their actions and words to others of a similar religious or ethnic background - they are responsible for themselves.
Ironic that the ACLU is warning people NOT to exercise their right to free speech. The world is truly going nuts.
ACLU seems to get in a lather over Christmas every December.
It’s the Anti-Christian Lawyer’s Union.
Just what is it about Christmas that seems to bother them?
MERRY CHRISTMAS ACLU! The more you tell us we can’t, the MORE I SAY IT EVERTWHERE I GO!!! Maybe you can silence some, but you’ll NEVER silence me.
Roses are reddish
Violets are blueish
If it weren’t for Christmas
We’d all be Jewish
What was that quote from HR clinton?
That has been done several times..The ACLU says all they do is laugh and throw them in the trash..I read that last year and the year before.
The bastards do run this nation and it is time we kick their rears out of the country.
This is unconstitional and a violation of the First Amendment. It’s time for the DOJ to “man up” and go after the commie atheists in the aCLU and throw them in jail where they belong. They are denying Americans their rights of Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Religion.
ACLU = Anti-Christian Litigation Unit.
superintendents across the state were reminded by the ACLU this week that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
NO it does NOT. If the schools can force the teaching of islam to our children then the word Christmas can be said. The ACLU is an enemy of America AND OUR cONSTITUTION AND WAY OF LIFE..
The next “reminder” coming from the ACLU will warn us that wishing someone a “Happy Birthday” constitutes an unconstitutional endorsement of a fetus’ right to life. At that point, nobody will be able to stick one’s head out the door without offending some woman who has already exercised her “right to choose”.
I really do not see where the ACLU has a case.
I’m cringing too as a Jew to see these no good commie Jews at ACLU and other orgs making war on Christmas. This is so rotten. There are plenty of non-Jews making war on Christmas too. Me, I like Christmas and Christmas time.
Atheism is (usually) a mental disorder
Where to start?
Who put the ACLU in charge?
Who really cares if someone complains? Aren't complaints made about all sorts of things every day? Why is there a threat implied simply because a complaint was lodged?
If the activities are taking place because of the CHRISTMAS season, why use the patently fraudulent 'Holiday' label when everyone - both pro and con - know differently?
These are not educational activities. If a parent doesn't wish to allow their child's participation they need only keep the child home where they can revel in their atheism. It's win-win.