Liberal Anti-Christian Principal’s Plan to Ban Christmas from School Backfires
Tries to ban everything related to 'offensive' & 'non-inclusive' Christmas, loses big time
When an anti-Christian school principal attempted to advance her liberal ambitions by informing parents, teachers, and students that anything related to Christmas would be banned this year, her plan backfired... big time.
In what appears to be a continuing trend of attacking traditions in the name of a so-called "progressive" agenda, the festive season - a time where we remember and celebrate the most important things in life - is becoming an ever-growing target.
In Nebraska, Manchester Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sinclair decided to launch a fully fledged assault for her part in the "War on Christmas," as she branded the festivities "offensive" and "not inclusive."
Sinclair informed the teachers that there would be no symbols of Christmas allowed on the property this season, as she wanted her first year in charge to make the school appear more "inclusive."
The ban even extended to red and green-colored items (because they are “Christmas colors”), Christmas music, Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols, Christmas movies and making Christmas-themed ornaments as a gift.
Now, that may already seem extreme but the list doesn’t end there.
Elf on a Shelf, reindeer (including Rudolph), and red and white candy canes were also all banned.
The candy canes, according to KETV, were prohibited because Sinclair deemed them to have religious significance.
"Historically, the shape is a 'J' for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection," she reportedly wrote.
"This would also include different colored candy canes."
"I feel uncomfortable that I have to get this specific, but for everyone's comfort, I will," Sinclair reportedly wrote in the memo.
And, why were her demands so drastic? “Inclusivity,” of course.
According to The Blaze, Liberty Counsel — a law firm focused on religious freedom — caught wind of the principal's Grinch-like ban of Christmas-related items, and it didn't end well.
Liberty Counsel provided a memo from Sinclair that spelled out in detail all the verboten paraphernalia at the school in Omaha, where she states:
“(W)e are not to be doing any Christmas or holiday-specific themed activities with students.
"Santa and Christmas items are not to be on activities or copies.”
Sinclair — who's in her first year as Manchester's principal — noted in the memo that she "come[s] from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools" and that "as a public school" Manchester Elementary will seek to be "inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students."
She did also have a list of seasonal things that were approved, however.
"Snowpeople," "Gingerbread people," hot chocolate, regular winter attire, and snowflakes were all given the thumbs up.
According to Western Journal, Liberty Counsel attorney Robert Mast wrote to Elkhorn Public Schools and let them know that such a thing was unconstitutional.
"The ban violates the U.S. Constitution by showing hostility toward Christianity.
"The principal appears to have conflated her own values and preferences with the law.”
The school district investigated and agreed that Sinclair had crossed the line.
In a statement, their attorneys wrote, “Please be advised that, after the receiving your letter, the Administration investigated this matter and determined that Principal Sinclair’s memorandum did not comply with Board Policy.”
“The Board’s applicable policies are lawful on the issue of religion in schools, and all District employees are expected to follow Board Policy at all times.
"To this end, the Administration has advised Manchester Elementary School staff members of the applicable Board Policy (that does allow certain Christmas symbols) and will work with staff to correct any erroneous communications and clarify any misunderstandings.”
So “Principal Grinch” didn’t get to steal Christmas from the school, after all.
Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver told BizPac Review that, “We are pleased that Elkhorn Public Schools promptly reversed Principal Jennifer Sinclair’s unconstitutional directive, and required compliance with the Constitution.
“The First Amendment does not require the elimination of Christmas.
"Nothing prohibits public schools from teaching objectively about Christmas or other holidays with religious significance, from displaying religious and secular Christmas symbols side-by-side or singing sacred and secular Christmas songs together.”
Staver’s point is that, contrary to sometimes popular belief, freedom OF religion is not freedom FROM religion.
People of faith have protected rights.
This includes Christians and it includes the public celebration of Christmas.
Merry Christmas, America!