INDIANA LAW PROFESSOR CENSORS CHRISTMAS TREE
Indiana University Law Professor Florence Roisman complained about a Christmas tree on campus last week and succeeded in getting it removed. She said the 12-foot tree celebrated Christmas. Roisman, who is Jewish, opined, “To honor one religion and not honor others is exclusionary.” The tree had no religious ornaments on it.
The Dean of Students,... [Read more...]
CENSORING CHRISTMAS IN THE SCHOOLS
Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following news release today:
“Two years ago, a public school teacher in Queens called the Catholic League to inform us that the principal of her school had issued a memo inviting teachers to bring religious symbols to school that represent the Muslim, Kwanzaa and Jewish religions. Leaving aside... [Read more...]
ATTEMPTS TO SANITIZE CHRISTMAS OCCUR IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS ALIKE
Catholic League president William Donohue today listed recent attempts to sanitize Christmas in both the private and public sectors:
Every year on New York’s Park Avenue the Helmsley Building nightly features a huge display of lights in the shape of a cross. This is the first year it has been discontinued.
GAP stores on the East Coast have banned... [Read more...]
RIPPING UP THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF CHRISTMAS
Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following observations today on attempts to rip up the religious roots of Christmas:
“The controversy over the display of religious symbols on public property has already begun. While the U.S. Supreme Court has not spoken with clarity on this issue, there is some settled ground that public officials... [Read more...]
MAKING CHRISTMAS DISAPPEAR
Many examples of making Christmas disappear have recently come to the attention of the Catholic League. Here are some of them:
An insert in the New York Times Magazine of November 18 entitled, “The Best of the Season,” had a calendar section that listed events for Hanukkah on December 9 and Kwanzaa events for December 26. For December 25,... [Read more...]
EMPLOYEES OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, CAN NOW SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”
On December 10, the Catholic League issued a news release criticizing a November 14 memo by Ron Sims, the King County Executive in Washington State, that warned county employees not to say “Merry Christmas.” He has now reversed himself saying it is okay to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah.” However, Sims, and his chief of staff,... [Read more...]
MAKERS OF HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS DUMB DOWN CHRISTMAS
Makers of holiday greeting cards show great unevenness in their handling of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays. To be specific, a review of the greeting cards available on the home page of Yahoo! reveal the following:
There are over 350 Christmas cards yet only 25 have a religious content. There are at least 8 objectionable cards in the “Humorous”... [Read more...]
EMPLOYEES OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, WARNED NOT TO SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”
A memo has been sent to the employees of King County, Washington, regarding holiday celebrations that requires them to use “religion-neutral” language. The memo of November 14 says it is okay to say “Happy Holidays” and “Holiday Greetings.” But all references to Christmas are regarded as taboo.
Ron Sims, the King County Executive who... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS SECULARIZED; HANUKKAH SACRALIZED
From McDonalds to the local mall, Christmas is represented not by a nativity scene but by Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer and other secular symbols. Meanwhile, Hanukkah is (properly) represented by menorahs and the Star of David. Herewith are some examples.
The Christmas selection for 1-800-flowers.com has no religious items but features... [Read more...]
MULTICULTURAL CLUB USED TO ASSAULT CHRISTMAS
The Catholic League has fielded many complaints regarding the extent to which Christmas is being downplayed in the nation’s public schools. A textbook example is New Britton Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana.
The students at New Britton are being treated to a multicultural understanding of the holiday season. A school memo dated December 13... [Read more...]