Sunday, December 12, 2010

Liberty Counsel needs to learn how to spell

Editor's note: Liberty Counsel, the outfit that tells you where you should shop based on whether stores emphasize Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, is at it again - and this time they misspelled Santa Claus in their diatribe against the ACLU. Here's how it went...

Nashville, TN - Today Liberty Counsel sent a memo to school superintendents in Tennessee, setting the record straight on a prior letter sent from the state's ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). The ACLU suggests that any Christmas concert, decoration, or party is a religious activity prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU letter leaves the wrong impression with school administrators and omits key solutions to common concerns about public school Christmas activities.

Liberty Counsel's memo points out that public schools can display religious holiday symbols, so long as the religious symbols are accompanied by secular symbols. A Nativity is permissible, so long as it is accompanied by other symbols of the holiday, such as Santa Clause or the Christmas tree. The constitutional principle regarding holiday music, art, drama, or literature in public school is simple - mix the secular and the sacred. "Silent Night" is permissible in a musical presentation, so long as secular songs are also included, like "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Rasmussen released a poll yesterday stating that 92 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. It is just common sense that educators teaching about our culture, history, and traditions would focus more on a holiday that 9 out of 10 students celebrate.

Editor's note: So if 9 out of 10 believe a certain way, we ignore the rights of the minority.  Excuse us, but isn't that exactly what they were doing to our ancestors when they left their native countries to come to the U.S. to found a nation that wouldn't behave that way.  Sigh!

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