Skip to comments.Texas grade school bans Christmas despite new state law EXPLICITLY allowing Christmas
Posted on 12/07/2013 10:18:35 AM PST by markomalley
Naturally, then, a group of parents and a state legislator have claimed that the organizer of the winter party at Nichols Elementary School in the affluent Dallas suburb of Frisco has outlawed all mentions of Christmas at the event.
But, wait! Theres so much more. The unidentified, fun-hating party organizer has also banned Christmas trees, the colors red and green, the mention of any other winter holidays and anything that will stain the carpet, reports local Fox affiliate KDFW.
An also-unidentified parent forwarded an email from the party organizer to Pat Fallon, a Republican state representative, one of the co-authors of the Merry Christmas Law. Fallon wasnt pleased/
Were celebrating Christmas, so why cant it be a Christmas party or maybe a holiday party? Fallon asked, according to KDFW. But theyve skipped over holiday and go to winter. Thats political correctness gone too far.
Fallon investigated. He said both the school district superintendent and someone from the district PTA told him kids could, in fact, tell each other Merry Christmas.
Later, however, a PTA member sent Fallon information suggesting that the draconian anti-Christmas rules would be in effect:
Today at the PTA meeting it was stated that they had decided to keep everything the same. She said they didnt want to offend any families and since each family donates money they feel this is the best policy.
On Wednesday, a school district official responded by sending its own email to KDFW saying:
The school was unaware of this and it was not an official PTA correspondence either. There have never been any limitations on what students wear, what they bring to share with their classmates on party days what greetings people exchange with each other.
Its not clear at this point if there will be any red or green decorations, or if anyone will be able wear red or green, or if there will any signs of Christmas trees at the Nichols Elementary winter party. The rule against stuff that could stain the carpet will likely stand.
Meanwhile, an Austin-based conservative advocacy group called Texas Values has been running radio an ad around the state reminding Texans about the Merry Christmas Law. At the end, a little girl says, And remember, its okay to say Merry Christmas.
The Merry Christmas Law sailed easily through both the Texas House and Senate. Vote tallies were 145-2 in the House and 29-0 in the Senate. It took effect in the fall of this year. (RELATED: Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas Bill expected to become law in Texas soon)
The text of the bill specifically permits school districts to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations. It allows students and district staff to declare such things as Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and even the soul-sucking happy holidays.
The bill also unambiguously legalizes displays of religious imagery associated with traditional winter holiday celebrations including nativity scenes, Christmas trees and menorahs. The caveat is that any display must include imagery from at least two religions or some additional secular symbol. (Messages encouraging adherence to a religion are verboten.)
Then they should ban Ramadan, Kwanza and any other religious celebrations, too.
The law-breaking, Godless Left at it again.
Marxists run our schools. Thanks to the parents and voters who do not fight back.
Okay, so why the article? It sounds as if there are no restrictions. Sounds like one parent on the PTA causing trouble.
The bill also unambiguously legalizes displays of religious imagery associated with traditional winter holiday celebrations including nativity scenes, Christmas trees and menorahs
Protestant churches view... statue of mary- IDOL!
Add man and non descrit baby to statue of Mary and it is.. a NATIVITY SCENE.. oh, how sweet and acceptable..
Come out from among them, and be separate says Yah, and you h no unclean thing and I will receive you.
And will be to you a Father,
And you shall be to me sons and daughters..
Merry Christmas law? Boy the moral majority is overrun by masonic occultists.. perfect time for more separation of church and state, and not being in bed with them, even if you follow their traditions..
You are now free to call me scrooge.. give my best to santa...
|H.B. No. 308|
|relating to a school district's recognition of and education|
|regarding traditional winter celebrations.|
|BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:|
|SECTION 1. Subchapter Z, Chapter 29, Education Code, is|
|amended by adding Section 29.920 to read as follows:|
|Sec. 29.920. WINTER CELEBRATIONS. (a) A school district|
|may educate students about the history of traditional winter|
|celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer|
|traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including:|
|(1) "Merry Christmas";|
|(2) "Happy Hanukkah"; and|
|(3) "happy holidays."|
|(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a school district|
|may display on school property scenes or symbols associated with|
|traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas|
|image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display|
|includes a scene or symbol of:|
|(1) more than one religion; or|
|(2) one religion and at least one secular scene or|
|(c) A display relating to a traditional winter celebration|
|may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular|
|SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014|
|SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives|
|a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as|
|provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this|
|Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this|
|Act takes effect September 1, 2013.|
“....and anything that will stain the carpet...”
That sort of eliminates the kids, doesn’t it?
And they pretend that there isn’t an attack on Christmas.
I went to a public school and didn’t attend church and I know ALL of the Christmas songs word for word. We sang them in the Christmas programs at school!
Now, even the mention of Christmas in public schools draws ire of many progressives and threats from atheists.
There IS attack on Christmas, no doubt.
Sorry but fighting these battles on the statists’ turf ie their indoctrination centers is a mistake, legality notwithstanding.
EVERYTHING but actual classroom instruction should be yanked out of schools quick smart. That means sports, plays, music, etc. School-hosted activities are an anachronism from our agrarian past where the only two centers of public interaction were schools and the church(es). Obviously they’ve destroyed the church as a hub of civilized society so its time to return serve.
Sports can and should be moved to private club teams and leagues who can set their own rules. This will eliminate any nonsense about girls playing football etc. it will also allow recruiting openly and put bureaucrats out of a job in policing transfers, eligibility, etc.
Plays and music and dances should be taught by organizations dedicated to same. All activities will be staged on private property and subject to invitations, dress/behavior code that enforces male/female couples only, etc. If they want to stage a religious play or concert then they can do what they like without malcontent Muslims, annoying atheists and other troublemakers bleating about accommodation. They can stay home and wallow in their isolated misery with no legal recourse.
I know staunch conservatives love their school sports teams but this war will only be won by guerrilla tactics which means adapting in order to undermine the enemy.
In addition, the school day can be significantly shortened. Intensive bursts of instruction in academic, not political, topics will replace long boring reinforcement of muddle headed PC. The only reason kids are there for 6+ hours is the free babysitting aspect. But schools have abused and exploited their in loco parentis duties and are no longer fit to be guardians of youth. If public schools are a necessary evil for the time being then they must be repurposed and greatly downsized.
So sad that we are at this point. They make it sound like this law is a gift from above. I have and will say whatever I please as it pertains to Christmas. If they don’t like it then...well you know where they can go.
Merry Christmas everyone.
The PTA is a socialist organization. I once served as treasurer for approximately 8 weeks until I realized what the organization is truly about. I do not join or donate money to the PTA. I don’t support any of their functions.
They are all about “one child, one voice” which is intended to promote the message that everyone is the same, no one is special, and we musn’t offend anyone by striving to do better than they can.
Their legislative arm sent out a mass e-mail to members several years ago in Texas blasting parents who send their children to private schools that others cannot afford. It was pathetic!
The evidence is growing that the self esteem industry is directly responsible for school-aged gunmen’s massacres. When they realize they are not special, experience inevitable criticism or rejection, they snap.
Excellent summary of the ridiculous nature of liberalism.
Will they take away the state money from that school since they aren’t following the law?
Who is the party “organizer?” Was this person ever named?
And NO HOLIDAYS of any description are to be days off for the teachers. If they don’t respect my holidays I don’t respect theirs. Work ‘em seven days a week, summer and winter. No Saturdays off, Jewish, no Sundays, Christian. IOW work the bass turds till they either wake up or quit!
There will always be the super-Puritans who, because some possibly mistaken people might want to reverence Mary while looking at a figurine that represents her, will want to ban a scene with Mary in it, and to further drive home the point will take a swipe at the obvious fantasy story of Santa (who normally does not get put in creches). However they do tend to go easy on Frosty the Snowman, another obvious fantasy story.
To those people I say please grow up spiritually and let the air out of your prides. Even Jesus told fantasy stories, intended to be taken as fantasy stories, to illustrate very real principles.
Messiah spoke of the truth of the kingdom... bible states clearly who will and who will not inherit the kingdom... and isn’t this life supposed to be about inheriting the kingdom if you are a believer?
Or is the kingdom just a principle ?
Counterfeit is counterfeit
You construct a profoundly false dichotomy.
You inherit the kingdom by believing. That is an atomic action.
Then you learn about how to live in the kingdom by various means. Counterfeit status exists in purpose, not in medium. You give the devil way too much credit, and God way too little.
And yes, I do hold you to account for underplaying the conquering power of Christ. Even fantasy stories are neutral things as far as Christ is concerned. He can conquer their use without a problem. He is God. Surely a scene of His own birth is no problem for Him. The problem is in what we do. If we are sufficiently weak, we should refrain. But to use weakness as perpetual excuse to always refrain, grieves Him who wants to see His children grow strong.
At any rate, your carping won’t make these things go away, so we have two options... carp and stay weak, or conquer and take the strong approach and speak of how they witness for the Lord. You’re stuck in an ivory tower. Christ came out of the ivory palaces, into a world of woe. Is not the kingdom a matter of sound mind? That will put the neutral things in their proper place.
What is God’s view of idolatry? I must be missing something.
God’s view of what idolatry is, is to believe Satan’s lie about the creation’s purpose. And his view towards it, is that it should stop. And that He furnishes the power to make it stop!
Thank you for asking that question!
Yes, you are missing something profound, and that thing is purpose, and that thing is the power of God.
See, God has given me the power to see how in a way time itself and the calendar of this world and its festivals, etc, are all counterfeit from His.and His power has liberated me for living a religious free life...
I thank Him that I get that and others get the nativity and December 25th and Isis and astarte and chemosh and molech and tammuz and Zeus and nimrod, etc
Thanks to the parents and voters who do not fight back.
Thanks to parents and voters who feed the socialist-entitlement schooling beast.
They feed the beast when they send their children into these temples of government worship.
They feed the beast when they elect representatives who will continue to provide money to run the beast.
Please remember that schools need to eat two in order to live; kids and money. By starving them of both. The beast dies.
Please remember that single-payer and socialist-entitlement programs ( schooling is our nation first entitlement and tenacious) can not be fixed. They must be eliminated.
It’s what liberals do. Illegal immigration, anti-2nd amendment laws, illegitimate president, etc, etc, etc.
Here’s a question:
Instead of school vouchers why not babysitting vouchers, and dump the schools completely?
Same here. I was an Army brat growing up. We moved too often to get settled into any church congregation, so we rarely attended religious services.
But, my siblings and I learned to sing all of the standard Christmas carols because we learned them in school. Christmas was a big thing in our family and in every community we ever lived in.
leftists can pick and choose which laws to obey, so can we
Rep. Pat Fallon is on top of all this. He is up and coming in the conservative movement - very similar to Ken Paxton who’s also up and coming. We know both personally and they are strong in their beliefs.
I’m in! Imagine the union wailing.
Well, you are only halfway to a conquering life.
The other half is to take the things that Satan flouted, and flout God right back in Satan’s face.
You sound more proud of your status than proud of Jesus, quite frankly. I am very, very proud of Jesus. Jesus is the champion par excellence.
I sense firing in this principal future
I would say Merry Christmas since it is Texas
How about Feliz navidad
Don't want to offend any families that aren't Christian. Christian families should band together to stop all donations to let them know who the real donors are....let the other unoffended families take up the slack for a while.
If there is one thing I am not anymore, it is proud of me...
I do understand how merciful and gracious our Savior is...
when I gave up the ‘all about me, all about here and all about now life’ for Him, He has kept His promises..and I have done nothing.and am nothing....