Massachusetts School Bans Candycanes, Calls Them “Religious Items”

The War on Christmas continues.

CHELMSFORD — ‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the class, controversy was stirring about Christmas present and past.  20091112__TFront~p1_300

The rhyme may sound trite, but the complaint is real from two Chelmsford mothers who say the Byam Elementary School has banned Christmas from its annual holiday gift shop.

A flier sent home with students for the gift shop, which will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 and benefits the school’s PTO, states no Santa, candy canes, stockings, Christmas, Hanukkah or other “religious items” are welcome.

Kathryn McMillan and Kathleen Cullen, who both have children at Byam, are asking school officials to allow all holiday items or move the gift shop to another time of year.

“It’s sending the wrong message to our kids,” said McMillan. “The school is doing this in the name of diversity. But diversity means accepting all views, not suppressing some views.”

But school officials argue that the tradition to keep the gifts “neutral” is one that’s been in place for several years. Superintendent Donald Yeoman said shopping guidelines are under the purview of Byam Principal Jane Gilmore, and he stands by her position.

No mention of the Abominable Snowman, Burgermeister Meisterburger or the Heat Miser on the list of the banned.  Yet.

 

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10 thoughts on “Massachusetts School Bans Candycanes, Calls Them “Religious Items”

  1. However I’d bet that if it were Eid or Ramadanadingdong – they would be bending over backwards in the name of “diversity” to show how they respect it.

  2. Twas the month before Christmas
    *When all through our land,
    *Not a Christian was praying*
    *Nor taking a stand.*
    *See the PC Police had taken away,*
    *The reason for Christmas – no one could say.*
    *The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
    *About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
    *It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say*
    * December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.*
    *Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
    *Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
    *CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
    *Something was changing, something quite odd! *
    *Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
    *In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
    *As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
    * At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.*
    *At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears*
    *You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.*
    *Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
    *Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
    *Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
    *On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
    *At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
    *To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
    *And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
    * Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
    *The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
    *The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
    *So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’*
    *Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
    *Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
    *Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
    not Happy Holiday !*

  3. The so-called “Separation Doctrine” is at odds with what was actually written.

    While the Consitution does say “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, it also states “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

    Seems like some folks should have read a little farther, and not slept through civics.

    Allowing the celebration of a religious holiday, as long as it’s not mandatory, is not “congress… making” any law.

    • Twas Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Baptists that coined the phrase Seperation of Church and State in explaining to the simple minded what the intent of the Constitution ment. I was awake in Civics class thank you. I believe that the person involved in the writting of the document knew what the intent of words were.

  4. What has happened to my country? What has happened to us as a people? How much more are we going to take? I hope we can take our country back from all these PC morons.

  5. It smells of deception, corruption and hate
    To discount our Saviour, Oh what a terrible fate
    For our children to be denied that faith from above
    That tells our heart, we are full of His love
    They are the hateful and mean spirited fools
    That will pay the price, for not being very nice
    So we must rise up and say
    Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
    God Bless You, today and everyday
    At the end of our journey in this life
    Our Lord will call for His people of faith
    To our Home in Heaven, where we will sing praise
    To Him
    And be released from the evil, the vileness of death
    For the Freedom of our Spirit
    On wings of His Love
    Oh how precious To be Free
    Jesus, is Lord open up thy eye’s
    of the Heart and You will See!

  6. Beat them at their own game. Wear crosses outside your shirt kids, when they tell you to take it off, say the turbans and yamakas must go as well.

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