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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

ACLU Continues to Target Christmas

The American Civil Liberties Union (known as the ACLU) continues to carry on its war against Christmas. The Tennessee branch of the ACLU sent a warning letter to 137 school superintendents in Tennessee warning them about having school Christmas celebrations. The letter suggested that celebrating Christmas while excluding winter holidays such as Kwanza, Bodhi Day, and Hanukkah amounted to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by the school. The ACLU Executive Director's letter said, "We believe . . . that holiday celebrations that focus primarily on one religious holiday can result in indoctrination as well as a sense within students who do not share that religion of being outsiders to the school." The letter suggested that it was backed up by three U.S. Supreme Court decisions, but actually none of those decisions prohibited public celebrations of Christmas.

The Alliance Defense Fund came to the rescue of Tennessee schools, providing a letter stating that "No court has ever ruled that the Constitution demands school officials to censor Christmas carols, eliminate all references to Christmas, or silence those who celebrate Christmas." The Alliance Defense Fund offered free legal defense to any school sued by the ACLU because of Christmas activities. The letter also accused the ACLU of spreading misconceptions that have caused some school officials to remove nearly all religious references to Christmas. The letter argued forcefully that "The ACLU's conclusions are without merit and are part of a tired, worn-out, and disproven campaign of fear, intimidation, and disinformation."

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 92% of Americans celebrate Christmas and 83% believe public schools should celebrate Christmas. Christians should resolve that we are not going to let the ACLU take away Christmas.

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