After intimidating communication from the ACLU, a school official from an academy in South Carolina prohibited students from performing “Joy to the World” and “O, Come All Ye Faith” even after rehearsals had begun. Alliance Defending Freedom sent the school a letter on behalf of concerned parents, the school looked into it and reversed the ban. They’d gotten a better understanding of what the First Amendment permits and protects.
A lot of myths we believe about the lack of religious freedom in public education just aren’t true.
Gratefully, Alliance Defending Freedom has put together a Christmas and Public Schools MYTH/Fact Sheet for students and parents.
Don’t have leave your faith at home this Christmas!
Children singing Christmas carols isn’t one of them!
Students traditionally sang Christmas carols at the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia. But this past year students were given a pre-approved list of 12 non-religious holiday songs that the hospital said were, and I’m quoting: “appropriate for celebration within the hearing range of all veterans.” And the students could only sing in the hospital’s chapel.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter explaining that permitting religious Christmas carols sung at public facilities fully complies with the First Amendment.
It’s basically political correctness run amok! Like so many “myths” surrounding what you can and cannot do in the public square—especially at Christmas!
Alliance Defending Freedom has put together a Christmas Myth Fact Sheet especially for students in public schools!
It’s time to get the facts!
It’s a “myth!” Just one of seven on Alliance Defending Freedom’s “Fact Sheet” of Christmas and Public Schools Myths.
The fact is: The Supreme Court has acknowledged the government’s long-standing recognition of holidays with religious significance. Christmas certainly being one of them.
Congress has even proclaimed Christmas to be a legal public holiday!
Much of what we, as parents, often believe about religious freedom in public education, simply isn’t true. Students have more freedom to express their faith on campus than you, or they, realize!
It’s time to get the facts!
Your child doesn’t have to leave their faith at home!
Here’s just one!
Myth #1: Students are not allowed to sing religious Christmas carols in public schools.
The fact is: During school activities like choir, or Christmas programs, students can sing religious carols along with secular ones—without offending the Constitution!
It is true, however, that school districts across the country often prohibit students from exercising these rights based on a false view of the law.
I’m grateful to Alliance Defending Freedom for putting together a Christmas and Public Schools Myth/ Fact Sheet—exactly what you need to know going into the holiday season.
Know the real facts about celebrating Christmas in your public school! Students don’t have to leave their faith at home!
All it took were two residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who were offended by a Ten Commandments monument—to bring out the ACLU attorneys to have the monument removed.
It wasn’t as if it’s a stand-alone monument. No. It’s part of a number of privately funded monuments nestled together.
The others include a monument honoring the Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address and the Bill of Rights.
The complaint by the ACLU is that it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Fortunately our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are representing the city in this case. And ADF counsel countered that, “A passive monument accompanied by others acknowledging our nation’s religious heritage cannot be interpreted as an establishment of religion.”
What’s next from the ACLU? More of the same!
You have to say this for the ACLU—they don’t miss a beat.
Case in point!
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to consider whether the First Amendment empowers abortion supporters to demand that the state of North Carolina censor “Choose Life” license plates.
These “Choose Life” plates, which North Carolina had authorized, allow the additional fees charged to go to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship. The ACLU argued that the “Choose Life” plate must be censored because the state didn’t issue a plate encouraging abortion.
It’s a never ending battle!
And I couldn’t be more grateful to our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom for never wavering in their advocacy for the right of people to freely live out their faith!