December 1, 2009
Christmas Music Outlawed In Jersey School DistrictTopics: Faith, Political News and commentaries
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[...] The purpose of the Christmas holiday is to celebrate the birth of Christ. Yet, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Maple-South Orange school district's ban on all religious Christmas music including instrumentals, which had been part of the school district Christmas program for years -- until one parent complained. In the ruling the Third Circuit approved the school policy that prohibits Christmas selections such as "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." However, the Third Circuit approved concert selections of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."
The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan challenged the school policy in federal court on the grounds the school district's ban on religious music conveys a government-sponsored message of disapproval and hostility toward religion in violation of the Establishment Clause.
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center observed, "Christmas is a national holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, not the birth of Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This ruling is another example of how the courts have tyrannically twisted the Establishment Clause as a weapon against Christians in the War on Christmas."
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