A Florida school has decided to nix a nativity scene, though it
has been a holiday tradition for years. However, Frosty the Snowman
and Santa are permitted to stay.
Elementary principal Brenda Jones says the school decided to
display only secular Christmas symbols after a Department of
Education official visited her to talk about separation of church
and state. Matt Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says
Jones made the wrong decision.
"In fact, by eliminating only the religious [symbol] - in this
situation, the Christian symbol of Christmas or the holidays -
they've not shown neutrality but they've shown hostility toward the
viewpoint being religious and anti-religious," he explains. "And
that's what the Constitution forbids."
The attorney disagrees with the principal who says
banning the crèche is an attempt to be fair to everyone.
"This is not an attempt to be fair to everyone; this is an
attempt to actually discriminate. By their so-called fairness
they're actually discriminating," Staver emphasizes.
"I mean, for heaven's sakes, we have a holiday on December 25 -
it's recognized by every state in the country and every territory
and the federal government, and it's called Christmas. That's what
Christmas is about on December 25."
Community members reportedly are so upset by the decision they
are threatening to sue the school board.
In a nation that is often described as "post-Christian," a spark
of revival might be on the horizon.