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Many parents, students and teachers think they cannot celebrate Christmas in public schools and that children are forbidden from learning about one of the most culturally significant events because it is religious. This is simply not true.
There are constitutionally sound principles that, if followed, will allow the religious and cultural significance of Christmas to be celebrated and taught. Hoping to alleviate any confusion, attorneys at the Rutherford Institute compiled “Twelve Rules of Christmas” guidelines:
- “Public schools may teach students about the Christmas holiday, including its religious significance, so long as it is taught objectively for secular purposes such as its historical or cultural importance, and not for the purpose of promoting Christianity.”
- “Public schools may include Christmas music, including those with religious themes, in their choral programs if the songs are included for a secular purpose such as their musical quality or cultural value or if the songs are part of an overall performance including other holiday songs relating to Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or other similar holidays.” (rutherford.org, 12/17/13)
“Those who bear an animus against America’s heritage have a right to free speech, but they have no right to prevail in their quest to censor Christmas in schools.” Dr. William Donohue, president of Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
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National Religious Freedom Day
Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.