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ACLU Holidays

When is it illegal to say, "Merry Christmas"?

According to the ACLU policy book, policy number 81, "The observance in public schools of such occasions as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Easter, as religious holidays, is contrary to the separation principles." In other words, the ACLU sees observance of such holidays as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state.

So what should we tell our children? Should we not observe such holidays in public schools or should we ignore them? Should we tell our kids that such holidays are not religious and sort of fake it?

What are the ramifications of the ACLU way of looking at the world and public education in particular? Think about it. Why are our children permitted off school for Christmas or Easter? For that matter, why shouldn't public schools meet on Sundays? The traffic's slow - especially on Easter Sunday!

Furthermore, what about Christmas? Should a school teacher be jailed for wishing a student Merry Christmas? Violating the separation of church and state. After all, the word contains the name of Christ - Christmas, Christ. To admonish one to be merry about a holy day or a feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ is obviously a religious statement.

For a public school teacher to utter such a religious admonition on public property to a student is obviously a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. This is the way life might be if the ACLU had its way.

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