Christmas in Public Buildings

Some good news about the ongoing “attack on Christmas” in the U.S.

Lawmakers in Missouri have voted to allow schools and other public buildings to observe Christmas celebrations with no restrictions.  The law permits the celebration of any federal holiday on government property.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the measure over the summer, but lawmakers overrode the veto. The law went into effect in October.

Here’s how the bill reads: “No state or local governmental entity, public building, public park, public school, or public setting or place shall ban or otherwise restrict the practice, mention, celebration, or discussion of any federal holiday.”

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, applauds the lawmakers action.  He says, “We thank God for the lawmakers who wanted to keep Christmas in schools in Missouri. It takes brave men and women to stand up for religious freedom in today’s society.”

Another Christmas victory has been won in New Jersey.

The Bordentown Regional School District has withdrawn its ban on religious Christmas carols in concerts at the district’s elementary schools.

The Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the district after administrators banned the carols.

Attorney Matthew Sharp wrote, “Schools shouldn’t have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols. The courts have upheld the inclusion of religious Christmas carols in schools’ productions.”

Superintendent of schools Constance J. Bauer has changed the policy and will now permit musical pieces with traditional and historical religious origins in Christmas performances.

Now those are what I call tidings of comfort and joy!


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