In Maryland, Christmas Is a Christ-Mess!
By Tony Perkins
In Maryland, one local school board is making the Grinch look like an amateur! Christmas has officially been cancelled in Montgomery County, thanks to some not-so-wise men in charge of the local schedule. Tuesday, the board voted to wipe the calendar clean of all religious holidays, regardless of how widely celebrated they may be. Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and others were all part of the politically-correct casualties that sanitized special dates after a push from the district’s Muslim community. Instead of Christmas vacation, students will have “winter break,” and any other significant dates will just be marked “no school for students and teachers.”
Obviously, Americans are no stranger to giving Christmas the heave ho-ho-ho, but this is a step too far. “By stripping the names of Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur,” one of the Muslim moms complained, “they have alienated other communities now, and we are no step closer to equality.”
Unfortunately, this should have never been about “equality” or diversity. It’s about honoring America’s cultural and Christian heritage. That doesn’t mean ignoring other religions — but it also doesn’t mean surrendering our identity to a minority either. Instead of punishing everyone, Montgomery County could have just as easily made accommodations for other faiths to celebrate their holidays without disrupting others’. What the district’s extremists have done is cleanse the classroom of any acknowledgement of America’s roots as a Christian nation. And that’s a grave disservice — not just to believers — but to the next generation, who won’t know who they are.
As George Orwell predicted in 1984, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” The school’s role isn’t to be a Christmas cop or Menorah monitor; its role is to instill an appreciation for the history and tradition of our nation — which just so happens to be Christian!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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