Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001
Humbug! Schools Censor Christmas
The intolerant communistic thought police who run America's government schools are censoring Christmas at an even more alarming rate than usual this year.
Consider the following:
The county school board in Covington, Ga., censored the word "Christmas" from the school calendar after the fanatically anti-religious group that calls itself American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue, sue, sue.
Two middle-school students in Rochester, Minn., were punished for - the horror, the horror - wearing red and green scarves in a Christmas skit and for concluding, "We hope you all have a merry Christmas."
New York City's notoriously rotten government schools have banned Nativity scenes but allow the display of the Jewish menorah and the Muslim star and crescent.
The school superintendent in Silverton, Ore., demonstrated anti-religious bigotry by allowing secular decorations but forcing students remove all religious holiday decorations from their lockers.
An educrat in Frederick County, Md., banned employees from handing out Christmas cards in the school because cards with a Christian message (but not a non-Christian message!) supposedly "may not be a legally protected right on a public school campus."
A fourth-grader in Ephrata, Pa., was kept from handing out religious Christmas cards to classmates.
The P.C. patrol told two ninth-graders in Plymouth, Mass., that they could not make Christmas cards saying "Merry Christmas" or depicting a Nativity scene.
A principal in Plymouth, Ill., warned a teacher not to read a book about Christmas to her second-grade pupils - even though the book was in the school's library. (What will the leftist American Library Association have to say about this one?)
Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville, Va., organization that provides legal representation in cases involving religious discrimination, cited these examples among at least 50 complaints it has received so far this Christmas season.
"We're getting besieged," Rutherford President John Whitehead says in today's Washington Times.
And educrats continue to wonder why parents clamor for school choice and turn to home schooling and private schools.