According to Liberty Counsel, candy canes are now in the sites of liberal wanting to wipe out any hint of Christ this Christmas season. The story of the Grinch who just about stole Christmas was reported by The Blaze.
Liberty Counsel is a non-profit law firm that fights for religious liberty in the US and it recently sent a demand letter to the superintendent of Elkhorn Public Schools about the actions taken by Jennifer Sinclair the principal of of Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Apparently, this is Sinclair’s first year as principal at the school and she wanted it to be a memorable one. It worked. She is getting her 15 minutes of notoriety.
She sent a memo to teachers in her school telling them what their children may or may not do at school to celebrate the Christmas season.
In her memo, Sinclair wrote that she “come(s) from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in school.”
- RELATED: Read Sinclair’s Memo
So what is on Sinclair’s banned list?
Well Candy canes are particularly bad. Not only does the “J” shape stand for the first letter in Jesus’s name, but the red symbolizes the blood of Christ and white the Lord’s resurrection. But to be on the safe side she also forbid other colored Candy canes as well. However, there was no mention of completely removing “J” from the English alphabet.
She also forbid any items that hint of Christmas. This includes anything that is red or green, singing or playing Christmas carols, classroom Christmas trees, Santas (and images of Santa) including reindeer, Christmas ornaments including making them in class, and Christmas videos.
She told the teachers to carefully go through what their children are doing in class, because she was trying to spare the teachers from having to go through an uncomfortable interrogation in Sinclair’s office warning:
“I’m hopeful we can avoid the discomfort of me directly questioning something you’ve copied, posted and had your kids do. That makes me uncomfortable, and I know it doesn’t feel good.”
Well according to The Blaze, things got a bit uncomfortable for Sinclair after Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the school district telling them that Sinclair’s banning was unconstitutional. After reviewing what was taking place, the school board realized that Sinclair was out of line and reigned her in.
Writing on behalf of Liberty Counsel, Mat Staver said:
“The First Amendment prohibits censorship based on religious viewpoint. This outrageous three-page memo by Principal Sinclair was not based on ignorance of the law but a hatred toward Christianity and Christmas. Principal Sinclair should issue an apology to her teachers and staff.”
- Principal banned Candy canes because ‘J’ shape stands ‘for Jesus.’ But that was just for starters: The Blaze
- Christmas goes back to school: Liberty Counsel
- School bans Santa, Christmas Trees, Candy Canes… and the Colors Read and Green: Christian Headlines