Political correctness has simply gone too far. Now, an elementary school in Texas has not only banned any reference to Christmas from its “winter” party, students are not even allowed to wear red or green. What is happening to this country?
The story takes place in Frisco, Texas at Nichols Elementary School. As Fox 4 News in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area reports, a parent of one of the students contacted local State Representative Pat Fallon. The parent forwarded Fallon an e-mail from the school’s PTA which described the rules for the school’s “winter” party. The rules specified:
* No reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday
* No red, green or Christmas trees
* Nothing that will stain the carpet.
There’s just one problem. (Actually, there are MANY problems with this, but let’s focus on the legal one.) As Rep. Fallon points out in a letter to the school district, Texas now has what is known as the Merry Christmas Law:
The reason for my letter today is to let you know about one of the best new laws that came out of the 83rd Legislative Session. On June 14th of this year, House Bill 308 (nicknamed “The Merry Christmas Bill”) was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry and became effective immediately.
This law clarifies and codifies the fact that students and district staff are permitted to discuss winter holidays as they please, including using the terms “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” or “happy holidays,” among others, as greetings. The district may also display scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter holidays (e.g. nativity scenes, Christmas trees, menorahs, etc.).
In addressing the concerns of the angered parent, Fallon wrote that the restrictions placed on the students are “unnecessary, inappropriate, and quite frankly draconian in nature.” Fallon added that Texas law “clearly permits Christmas-themed celebrations, events, and displays.”
Here’s the report by Fox4DFW.com:
Despite the assurances from the district that children would not be banned from referencing Christmas, the rules remain in place. As noted on the Texas Values web site, a second correspondence was sent by a PTA member which states that the rules would remain in place because they “didn’t want to offend any families…”
Hello! I’m offended, and my children don’t even go to this school. I’m sure there are plenty of parents who are offended!
During this time of year, we are not “celebrating winter.” That phrase doesn’t even make sense. We are celebrating religious holidays.
The parents of those students should speak up and do so now. Rules like this continue to spread, because Americans do not stand up for traditional American values. If it continues, there will be no traditions nor values left.