No, Christ isn’t allowed in Christmas | Dec. 20, 2008

A public school teacher in Mississippi marked down an eleven-year-old’s Christmas poem assignment and told the boy to rewrite it because he used the word “Jesus,” which, the instructor explained, is a name not allowed in school.

Liberty Counsel, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, reports that sixth-grader Andrew White of Hattiesburg, Miss., chose to write the poem on the assignment “What Christmas means to me.” After White turned in his rough draft, however, his teacher circled the word “Jesus” and deducted a point from his grade. The teacher then explained that he needed to rewrite the poem without the offending word.

When White’s parents questioned the teacher, Liberty Counsel reports, they received a response email explaining, “[Andrew] and another child did a poem about Christ. I know we can’t discuss these type [sic] of things in school so I asked the two of them to do another poem of their choice.”

Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, expressed dismay that despite many legal clarifications on the issue, there are still educationl officials that mistakenly believe students can’t speak of their faith at school.

“Some educators need education that the story of Christmas is not banned from public schools,” Staver said in a statement.

Staver says he was “horrified that a sixth-grader was told by his teacher, ‘we can’t discuss these types of things in school.’ I don’t understand why some people don’t get it. Christmas is a state and federal holiday. Schools are closed to celebrate this holiday. Obviously, Christmas is constitutional.”

The principal at White’s Thames Elementary School agreed with Staver.

After White’s parents encouraged Andrew to turn in his first, unedited poem, Principal Carrie Hornsby changed the boy’s grade to a 100 and conceded that there was nothing improper in using Jesus’ name. Hornsby also coordinated a mailing to all the school’s parents, explaining that students’ religious expression is permitted under federal guidelines.

White’s parents, however, told OneNewsNow that the situation has caused them to consider homeschooling their son, concerned about other challenges to the faith Andrew may be experiencing apart from their knowledge.

Andrew’s original poem, “A Great Christmas,” reads: “The best Christmas ever is when everyone is there. It is when everyone is laughing here and there. That is the Christmas I want to share. Christmas is about Jesus’ birth. About peace on Earth. This is what Christmas is about. It is when He lay in a manger. And the three wise men come to see. That’s what it means to me.”

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3 thoughts on “No, Christ isn’t allowed in Christmas”

  1. This teacher is obviously Christophobic and needs to undergo at least 40 hours of sensitivity traning so she can be more inclusive.

    Actually she is obviously such an indoctrinated droid she ought not be teaching at all.

  2. This was a case in which a relatively new teacher was confused or mistaken about school policy. From the local newspaper:

    “This is her second year as a teacher. She was a teacher’s assistant prior to this,” [Superindendent] Wimbish said. “In writing that e-mail she was obviously misinformed about the (district’s) policy.”

    Wimbish said the district’s policy allows students to write religious expressions or beliefs in homework, art or other assignments.

    So that’s the big scandal of Christ not being allowed in Christmas.

    What I find odd is that the “Liberty Counsel” organization would even know about this. Apparently the parents contacted them before talking to the principal or superintendent, who agreed with them anyway.

    The real story here is that the student can barely write. Liberty Counsel actually has a copy of his poem on their web site. Check it out:

    When I saw that I figured that the student must be in first or second grade. He’s actually in the sixth grade.

  3. Yes Jim, this student is a perfect example and by-product of our public education system and their “standards.” You said it yourself: “The real story here is that the student can barely write. When I saw that I figured that the student must be in first or second grade. He’s actually in the sixth grade.” Welcome to reality!

    How much longer will we sacrifice the lives and future of children on the altar of failed leftist policies? But try to even mention the word “vouchers” and the entire Democratic party and Obamby especially (who sends his girls to the most expensive and exclusive private schools around) go ballistic or catatonic (depending on their mood). Like holy water to a vampire, defining marriage as man+woman to the Gaystapo, and wishing “Merry Christmas” to an atheist or multiculturalist PC cult follower.

    See, it’s not really about helping children, especially poor and disadvantaged ones. It’s about ideology and keeping people enslaved to the public school unions and the gov’t.

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