EDUCATION

Killeen Independent School District officials are backing a decision made by a middle school principal who ordered the removal of a holiday decoration that included a Bible verse.

The door decoration was inspired by a scene in the Peanuts classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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(8) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
I too feel it was a mistake, both by this superintendent who allowed this to happen and by the KSID who backed it. Incidentally, it has been said that Ken Paxton, the State Attorney General, also thinks the move was in error, but I don't know this to be a true representation or not. Hearsay only.
One of the few who voted in this last election.

Roody2

The principal is wrong in saying this is about Separation of Church and State. It's not. It's about an individual who decided to "educate" anyone who freely wanted to stop and read about the true meaning/history of Christmas. If that offends someone, they need psychological help not enabling.

But, if believe The Establishment Clause applies here and you use it to deny an individual from expressing their religion then you just violated it by choosing non-religion over religion.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Copy:
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. It also prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over nonreligion, or nonreligion over religion.

Source: Cornell University Law School
End of copy.
To me there is a clear distinction between 'the government prohibiting any law and the establishment of the government also prohibiting the unduly preference of invoking any religion, one over the other'. I this case, as this country is now over 85 percent of the Christian faith, if the government 'restricts' the use of any paraphernalia, such as the door adornment, that includes a Bible verse as it pertains to the Christian Holiday, then the removal of such should be deemed as a deterrent to 'letting the Christians offer such benevolence as it is only one time per year' that it is done, and following the holiday period it is removed and taken down.. It is done for the benefit of like I say, 85 percent of this nations society. What I would question is the fact that 200 years ago, there was not a intolerance to this fact or gesture, and 100 years ago, there was not a intolerance to this fact or gesture, and as recently as 60 years ago, there was not a intolerance to this fact or gesture, so what happened that we, as a country, are so intolerant to, as a Christian nation, the celebration of Christmas??? Like I say, we did not have that objection say 60 years ago.
Have we become so intolerant that with the question:
Copy: 'The question of the principal being right or wrong, and the first answer is 'Did the principal do the right thing?
1. Yes State and Federal law is clear on this issue. The principal did the right thing.
Or:
2. The poster was merely acknowledging the story relating to the holiday.
Is this again acquiescing to the politically correct???
You be the judge.
One of the few who voted in the last election.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Copy:
Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the
political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes
which impel them to the separation. End of copy.
It is not mentioned in the 'Constitution of the United State's' but by inference it was thought 'No one that is not in nature, 'reverent to God' should ever be allowed to serve as a member of any form of government or hold any office, 'so help me God'.
I believe the School Superintendent and the KSID School Board is wrong in their ruling.
@Roody2: I agree wholeheartedly with your interpretation.
@Garbyguy: and @Johnny Smith: I agree.
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Roody2

It's funny (as in weird not haha) that we are told intolerance toward others is because of a lack of knowledge of their culture, etc but when it comes to Christianity it's no longer about learning someone else's culture, it's about the fear of someone being offended by it.

Garbyguy

First, it was not a "holiday" decoration, it was a Christmas decoration. Christmas is not the celebration of the birth of Santa Claus, but of Jesus Christ (or at least it used to be). I'll bet if Linus was holding a menorah or a Kwanzaa symbol, it would be allowed. Like it or not, Christmas is one of "the holidays" and it should be allowed to be celebrated.

Johnny Smith

I disagree with the decision made by the Patterson Middle School Principal.
What is our constitution based on? In God we Trust.

I pray our society brings prayer back into the school system. This is what schools are greatly lacking in my opinion.

Yogi

God is not mentioned in the US Constitution. Also, "but no religious Test shall ever be required
as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under
the United States."..
Feel free to read it for yourself...
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CONAN-1992/pdf/GPO-CONAN-1992-6.pdf

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