December 14, 2006

Santa Just Can't Win!

Tis the season for the Grinches to emerge in full force which at times, grows comical. Here’s the latest holiday absurdity which comes to us from Warwick, New York.

Sandorville Elementary School has had a “Breakfast With Santa” fundraiser for some time but apparently one theologically challenged parent “wrote a letter to the school board asserting that Santa represents Christmas -- a Christian holiday -- and by law, a public school is not allowed to promote religion.” The parent claimed the intended program would “illegally spotlight a religious figure: Santa Claus.”

That parent, who did not wish to have her name used, suggested Frosty the Snowman as an alternative icon.

Now let’s try something these types are incapable of doing; let’s try a reasoned approach.
Santa Claus has been excommunicated from many Bible believing churches precisely because he IS a secular figure. This nameless faceless cowardly ignoramus who brought the complaint betrays their narrow and ignorant mindedness. Frosty the Snowman is as much a symbol of Christmas as Santa so while this moronic parent would be satisfied with Frosty replacing Santa, the next parent may not be. Think I’m crazy? It was just a couple years ago that a New England school banned the colors red and green from school because they were colors associated with Christmas!

Well, you can guess the rest. School superintendent Frank Greenhall contacted an attorney, who advised him in a letter that the district "should, at a minimum, modify the events to avoid potential litigation." Note the attorney didn’t advise that the school was in violation of any law; he simply said--paraphrasing loosely--“Anyone can sue at any time for anything and though it is without legal merit, it will cost us big bucks to defend.” The school caved and changed the name to the Winter Holiday Breakfast. This is another victory for idiots who rule the land.

I do understand the financial stress schools are under and they can’t even risk a lawsuit so the buckle to this tyranny. So I’m waiting to see some wealthy person step forward to bankroll an all out defense of this nonsense and go for the jugular with a counter suit for damages, courts costs, legal expenses, the works. That is the only thing that will stop these kind of suits down the road.


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