Ramadan, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa but no baby Jesus

December 16, 2005 at 8:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Wednesday evening was the “Winter Program” at Noah’s school. Both Mark and I were curious as to what the evening would hold. We knew the kindergarteners were singing “Rudolph” and “Jingle Bells” but we didn’t know what the other grades would do.

That afternoon before the program I asked Noah, “So is there anything about baby Jesus in the show?”

“Um, I don’t know. I think the 3rd graders say something about him,” was his reply. My expectations were not high.

So we arrived for the show and got our program for the “Holidays Around the Globe”. I eagerly turned to the inside…what would I see?

Here was the Program Order
Twas the Night Before Christmas
The History of Rudolph
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The History of Hanukkah
Germany: The Gingerbread Man
Latin and South America Traditons
A Venture Through Mexico
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Feliz Navidad
Scandinavian Traditions
English Holidays
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Tired of Being Good for Christmas
Ramadan
Christmas Trees Around the World
Santas Around the World
Native American Christmas
A Glimpse at American Southwest
African Country Celebration and Kwanzaa
The Chinese New Year

Well, I thought. Maybe they’ll cover it in the “English Holidays” section.

Sixty minutes, not once were the words “baby”, “Jesus” or Christ” uttered.

Why?

Where they afraid of the backlash? Afraid of being sued by some parent who was offended? Very curious. We plan to speak with the principal but it made me do some research. I was curious to see what the legal issues where surrounding Christmas and the public schools. I found the information I was looking for on the Focus on the Family Web Site in an article by Wendy Cloyd titled “Christmas is OK – Even in Public School”

According to a 2000 Gallup poll, 90 percent of people in the U.S. recognize Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ. 87% believe nativity scenes should be allowed on public property. Come on, can we at least sing “Away in a Manger”?

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