Chris Queen

Hating Christmas

Posted on December 25 2010 6:00 am
Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his blog, Random Thoughts From The Revolution, and follow him on Twitter.

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2. Guidelines For A Non-Christmas Christmas

Our next battleground in the “war on Christmas” is in Ashland, Oregon. The school system there decided to address what they call the “December dilemma,” and their solution is to water down the Christmas season by adding symbols of other religions to Christmas decorations and programs:

Ashland public schools can display a decorated pine tree if it is surrounded by symbols from other religious holidays, but they should not display a Christmas tree alone, in order to remain religiously neutral, Superintendent Juli Di Chiro told the School Board Monday.

District officials have implemented new holiday guidelines this year, after a controversy erupted at Bellview Elementary School last December over Principal Michelle Zundel’s removal of a holiday tree, because a family complained that it was a religious symbol.

Wait a second. Haven’t we been told (multiple times) that Christmas trees are pagan symbols? Leftists, you can’t have it both ways.

Nevertheless, the policy lays out just how to neutralize Christmas in the schools:

Teachers should be inclusive, including all relevant holidays in classroom instruction, and should focus instruction around a theme, such as light, to explore winter holidays, the guidelines state. Teachers can also encourage families to explain their religious traditions to the class.

In public areas, displays should “represent the diversity of the season, and should avoid symbols with patently religious meanings,” such as the manger scene, menorahs, angels or the Star of David, according to the guidelines. If a tree is displayed, it should be surrounded “with symbols from various religious backgrounds, along with secular symbols,” the guidelines state.

Students may sing or perform religious songs or plays in a school assembly as long as the program also includes numbers from different religious practices and secular sources. The performance should avoid emphasizing one religion over another, according to the guidelines.

It’s one thing to try to honor both Jewish and Christian traditions this time of year, but it’s completely another to try to amalgamate them into a meaningless celebration of “winter holidays” that have no significance for anyone. A watered-down celebration of vague holidays is no celebration at all. And wouldn’t “representing diversity” call for the inclusion of religious symbols as well as secular ones?

Next: Even Santa is taking a hit these days.

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