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December 6, 2005

Censoring Christ out of Christmas

Topics: Faith

A statement from Liberty Counsel tells the story of Barbara Wheeler, whose 9-year-old daughter attends school in the district. In 2003, when the district's music programs excluded religious Christmas songs, Wheeler complained about their absence. School officials said they would get back with her, but they reportedly never did. Last year, Wheeler voiced complaints to the district in mid-November, but school officials said the songs already were set.

This year, when the school's music program contained Hanukkah and secular Christmas songs but no religious Christmas songs, Wheeler again objected.

Danny Carlton at Jack Lewis.Net has the story and the links...

It appears that many school officials have never heard of the "plastic reindeer test." Two Supreme Court cases have helped define regulations on public Christmas displays and events.

In one, the Supreme Court ruled that a nativity scene on the grand staircase of the Allegheny County courthouse in Pittsburgh was unconstitutional because standing alone it endorsed Christianity. In the Lynch v. Donnelly case "there was a nativity scene in a park and the court ruled that it was constitutional because there was Santa Claus and the reindeer, things that diminish the religious significance of it. They ruled that it had a secular purpose."

Posted by Richard at December 6, 2005 8:46 AM

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