Christmas Wars Continue in Public Schools
Press release by: Liberty Council
Orlando, FL – The war against Christmas continues in the public schools. In the past few weeks, Liberty Counsel has handled scores of Christmas cases. Here are a few examples of some school-related controversies. Additional information can be found at LC.org
Birmingham, AL – Students at Brookwood Forest Elementary School were asked to create "holiday bags" for their classmates, but they were told the bags could not contain anything religious – no angels, crosses, or words like "Noel," etc. Candy canes were prohibited because they resemble the canes used by the Shepherds in the nativity. Red and green colors and Christmas trees were forbidden. Hanukkah dreidels were permitted.
Lewistown, PA – The Lewiston Elementary School prohibited a kindergarten student from passing out balloons to her classmates during a Christmas party because the balloons contained depictions of Biblical scenes, such as Noah’s ark or the battle between David and Goliath, along with a Bible verse below the picture. A school spokesperson stated the school was attempting "to separate church and state."
Medway, MA – The Medway Middle School banned students from wearing red and green elf hats during its "winter" pageant. Christmas trees were called "Magical trees." The school also pulled a religious song from the program.
Liberty Counsel learned of these cases hours before or shortly after the events took place. The fact that these events already occurred does not alleviate the schools of liability. Liberty Counsel will make sure that these schools do not commit these same constitutional violations in the future. Past violations are not immune from legal liability.
Liberty Counsel’s Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign first educates, and, if necessary, litigates to ensure that Christmas is not censored. In the past few weeks, Liberty Counsel has filed and won a federal lawsuit in Florida and resolved scores of Christmas cases.
Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, stated: "Educators need to be educated. Students can no longer be treated as prisoners in the war on Christmas. Students have the right to celebrate Christmas, especially when they engage in interpersonal communication. To treat as contraband anything associated with Christmas, like the colors red and green, Christmas trees or traditional carols, is absurd and insulting. Censoring Christmas is not safe. It is unconstitutional."