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Friday, December 11th, 2009   7:04 am | Author: freethinker | Education, Politics/Government, Religion |
The Tea Party has found a new cause. In a reverse course the Party is seeking to impose a government regulation (instead of getting the government out of people’s lives) to require schools to play Christmas music and have pupils participate.
Calling it the ”Freedom to Present Christmas Music in Public School Classrooms or Assemblies” initiative the Redding (California) Tea Party is dead serious about this.
The local paper the Record Searchlight reports
“The initiative would require schools to provide children the opportunity to listen to or perform Christmas carols, and would subject the schools to litigation if the rule isn’t followed.”
“Schools currently are allowed to offer Christmas music as long as it is used for academic purposes rather than devotional purposes and isn’t used to promote a particular religious belief, according to an analysis by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.”
This is the brainchild of Merry Hyatt, a substitute teacher who filed a ballot initiative in September. Hyatt complained ”We were having Christmas without Jesus”.
Erin Ryan, president of the Redding Tea Party Patriots adds ”Bottom line is Christmas is about Christmas. That’s why we have it. It’s not about winter solstice or Kwanzaa. It’s like, ‘wow you guys, it’s called Christmas for a reason.’ “
“I have two words to say about Ms. Hyatt’s proposal: blatantly unconstitutional,” said Rob Boston, senior policy analyst for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has a local chapter in Sacramento.
“In the unlikely event she got enough signatures to put it on the ballot and the even more unlikely event California passed it, it would be struck down by the courts,” Boston said. “The courts have been very clear that public schools aren’t supposed to be in the business of promoting or advocating religion.“
I wonder if Michelle Bachmann has a problem with the Tea Party’s effort to impose government control over the music our children may have to listen to in schools. Not long ago she was worried that the government may impose restrictions on what we eat.