Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit legal organization* that “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” recently sent a legal memo and fact sheet to more than 13,000 public-school districts to dispel the myths that various Christmas expressions or participation are unconstitutional in a school setting. Here are some of the myths addressed:
- Myth #1: Students are not allowed to sing religious Christmas carols in public schools.
- Myth #2: It is unconstitutional for school officials to refer to a school break as a “Christmas Holiday.”
- Myth #3: It is unconstitutional for public schools to close on religious holidays, such as Christmas or Good Friday.
- Myth #4: Public schools have to recognize all religious holidays if they recognize Christmas.
- Myth #5: It is constitutional for public schools to ban teachers and students from saying Merry Christmas.
- Myth #6: Public schools cannot have students study the religious origins of Christmas and read the biblical accounts of the birth of Christ.
- Myth #7: Public schools cannot display religious symbols.
These are all myths. Students, teachers, and public schools have constitutional rights to seasonal, religious expression! You may print out a free copy of this helpful fact sheet and then kindly help dispel these myths, yourself.
*ADF offers free legal assistance to school districts that need help. More information is at: (480) 444-0020 or www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org .