The Anti-Christmas Grinches Strike in Plano
Here is possibly the silliest attack yet.
In a post earlier today, I wrote: "I know I don't have to go through a litany of the Christmas horror stories that take place yearly in the name of "non-establishment" of Christianity. You have read about schools being told that they cannot sing Christmas carols, Christmas trees being removed from courthouses and replaced with non-threatening winter or holiday scenes, and department stores telling their clerks that they cannot say 'Merry Christmas' but only the non-offensive 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greetings'. It goes on and on and on." Little did I know that I would come across this story from World Net Daily:
First it was schools that banned the singing of Christmas carols.
Then another banned carols played only by instruments with no lyrics being presented.
Now a school district has banned the colors red and green from a "Winter Break Party," requiring parents to bring only white plates and napkins.
In response to the party policy, as well as many other rules a group of parents and students believe to be rank censorship, a lawsuit has been filed against the Plano Independent School District in Texas to fight back against its "religious hostility," as one attorney puts it.
Other policies cited in the suit, filed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, include a ban on candy cane distribution when a religious card is attached, a ban on parents giving religious-oriented items to one another on school property and a ban on criticizing school board members or administrators on campus.
"This lawsuit includes a large amount of evidence that demonstrates the pervasive religious hostitlity in Plano ISD," said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Legal Institute, which, along with Alliance Defense Fund, is representing about 20 clients in the suit.
Banning red and green? I live in New Mexico where the state question is "Red of Green?" referring to the favorite food of the locals--chili. Does this mean that if I ask that question at Christmas in a public school, I am somehow violating the Establishment Clause? Sure, Christmas has normally been associated with red and green (Santa Clause and Christmas trees happen to have those two colors), but the liturgical color for Christmas is white or gold and the liturgical color for Advent is violet, blue or rose--not red and not green. Shouldn't we also ban these colors? That means we cannot use red, green, violet, white, gold, blue or rose for Christmas because it may offend someone, right?
Tell you what: let's have everyone hand out black paper plates instead. The way we are trying to downplay celebrating Christmas, that may give a feel that the anti-Christmas grinches are trying to promote. But wait, the Grinch was green wasn't he?
Give me a break.