Christmas censored in Jackson County, Georgia?
JEFFERSON, Ga. - An attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund has written a letter to the Jackson County School System informing them of the unconstitutionality of the district's censorship of anything religious related to the Christmas holiday.
"Frankly, it's ridiculous that we're even discussing whether it's okay to say 'Merry Christmas.' I'm sure just about everyone would rather have a merry Christmas than a meaningless winter holiday," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman, who wrote the letter to the chairperson of the board of education and the superintendent of the Jackson County School System.
Cortman wrote the letter on behalf of a teacher in the after-school program at Benton Elementary School. According to the Nov. 29 letter, the district has reportedly prohibited teachers from wearing "any pins, angels, crosses, clothing" that contain any religious connotation or affiliation, referring to any party as a "Christmas" party, or displaying a Bible in their rooms. The district has also removed certain religious Christmas songs from a "Winter" concert and censored the word "God" from another song.
"Jackson County school officials are attempting to prohibit teachers from expressing any religious aspect of Christmas. Classroom decorations may no longer include nativity scenes and angels. Jackson County has gone so far as to prohibit the common greeting 'Merry Christmas,' and also now refers to the Christmas break as 'Winter Break,'" Cortman wrote.
"Many school districts aren't trying to be difficult; they simply don't know the facts about the law," Cortman explained. "The fear, disinformation, and intimidation that the ACLU and other groups like them have promoted over the years with regard to religious expression on public property at Christmastime have led to such misconceptions. ADF desires to educate schools, teachers, and students on the truth about what the law really says."
As part of ADF's Christmas Project, ADF allied attorneys have contacted more than 9,100 school districts nationwide so far this year to inform them of the truth regarding religious expression at Christmastime.
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.