Here we go again, showing that our system of mis-education is filled top to bottom with liberal lunatics. This time a Nebraska grade school principal has banned candy canes during the Christmas season because she is afraid the J-shape of the candy might make students think of Jesus Christ.
This foolishness comes from Omaha Manchester Elementary School principal Jennifer Sinclair who put out a list of things she was banning during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Sinclair outlined all her banned items in a letter home to parents telling students that they need to learn to be “inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students.”
“I have unknowingly awoken a ‘sleeping giant’ with many of you,” Sinclair added. “I apologize for the stress that ‘Christmas/holiday/ Grinch/Santa/tree’ emails and conversations have caused you.”
“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.” Sinclair signed the memo, “The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester).”
Fortunately, Liberty Counsel, a civil rights group, caught wind of this foolishness and sent a cease and desist letter to the school district to demand that the principal’s policy be rescinded.
Interestingly, the school district backed down and did not uphold the errant principal’s idiotic banning.
The district said it “investigated this matter and determined that Principal Sinclair’s memorandum did not comply with Board Policy” adding that the school’s staff was instructed to allow “certain Christmas symbols.”
Liberty Counsel [raised the district for bowing to common sense.
We are pleased that Elkhorn Public Schools promptly reversed Principal Jennifer Sinclair’s unconstitutional directive, and required compliance with the Constitution,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said in a statement. “The First Amendment does not require 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. 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 hatred toward Christianity and Christmas. Principal Sinclair should issue an apology to her teachers and staff.
Principal Sinclair also apparently issued an apology for her foolish ban list.
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