Well, Barbara Curtis…the holiday season is not about Jesus for everyone.
Bluemont, Va. – The holidays are here, which means public school teachers across America are presenting “winter programs” with music selected to challenge students and delight parents, but too often sacrificing artistic merit to avoid singing of the Bethlehem Babe.
One program I attended featured songs about Santa, chimneys, and reindeer, plus five Hanukkah tunes and one Kwanzaa melody – even though the school had only one (nonpracticing) Jewish family, and not a single African-American. Ninety musical minutes with nary a note about Jesus.
I know Christianity will survive whether censored out of public schools or not, but that’s not the point. Why bend over backward to acknowledge religious minorities while singling out Christianity for exclusion?
Curtis misses the point that Xian aspects of Christmas ARE included in the program she describes. As I said before, it is the Xians who are the biggest promoter of Santa Claus and the biggest embracers of the pagan aspects of the Winter Solstice season. Curtis also leaves out the point that there are Hanukkah songs that are about culture with the exclusion of mention of God, and Kwanzaa is about CULTURE and especially since there is “not a single African-American” in their school, it is good for these children to be exposed to other cultures. Barbara Curtis fails to realize it’s about promoting culture and inclusion of EVERYONE into the holiday season. Xians need to get it through their thick brainwashed skulls that this holiday does not belong to only them. And they have their churches for their religious programs of whatever variety they choose. And as I had found in my own community, even when Jesus songs are included and other songs are also included for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa…they still belly-ache about the “intrusion” of these other beliefs that they feel do not belong together with holiday school programs and celebrations.
I don’t blame teachers or principals; they feel paralyzed by the threat of parental complaints or lawsuits, and by the purging of Christmas from the public square and workplace. Like deer caught in headlights,
Deer caught in the headlights by the U.S. CONSTITUTION? How predictably Xian. And that persecution complex beams out of Barbara Curtis and other whining Xians at this time of year who cannot have everything their way.
Curtis goes on to whine:
But those aren’t Christmas carols,” I said. “What about the birth of Jesus?”
Someone needs to stop being so polite and just tell it like it is to people like Barbara…NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES IN JESUS. The winter solstice is not a religion, but a time of year that affects all people on planet earth and was celebrated long before even the idea of the Jesus myth came about.