Christmas Isn’t Toxic

I was listening to the news this evening when I heard the following report.   I was so shocked, that I found the story (written by Todd Starnes) on the Fox News website and copied parts of it here:

The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.  (emphasis mine)

Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time.

“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” the little girl said. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”

Before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom – the law firm representing the Williams family.

“Brynn’s teacher said, ‘Stop right there! Go take your seat,’” Tyler said. “Brynn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16.”

Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation.

“After Brynn took her seat, the teacher explained to Brynn in front of all the other students that she was not allowed to talk about the Bible or share its verses,” Tyler said.

Aside from the obvious disapproval and hostility towards Christians in this country, where is the teacher’s common sense?

How can you ask first grade students to talk about Christmas traditions and not expect at least one to mention Jesus or the Bible?  Did she think the students would only tell stories of putting out cookies for Santa Claus?   Doesn’t she realize that Christ is the reason for any Christmas tradition that exists?  If her school is so strict in their interpretation of “separation of church and state”, then why ask the kids to do this project in the first place?

Am I the only person who thinks this is ludicrous?  I work for a school district as an administrator in its business office.  I am well aware of what “separation of church and state” means.  And while I personally don’t agree with how it’s always interpreted by the lawmakers in this country, I completely agree that schools must follow the law.

But this is becoming ridiculous to the point of being insane.

Personally, I think Christians (including myself) must stand up for our rights to talk about our faith and not allow Christmas….the true meaning of Christmas…. to be treated as though it is toxic.  If we continue down this path, our nation will be unrecognizable in a generation, maybe less.

Note:  The views expressed here are completely personal and do not reflect the views of my employer. 

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