Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but students can no longer utter his name at Virginia’s Robious Middle School.
A parent of a student in the school’s choir told WWBT Robious officials banished Jesus from upcoming Christmas concerts in an effort to be politically correct and avoid offending students who don’t believe in the Messiah.
David Allen said his child told him “they were unable to (sing a specific song) because the word Jesus was in there and apparently someone assumed it was of a sacred nature.”
Allen then contacted his child’s chorus teacher, who confirmed the ban on Jesus.
“We had a few students who weren’t comfortable singing a piece I have done many times in the past, but it is of a sacred nature and does mention Jesus,” the teacher wrote in an email.
Allen said the teacher explained that school administrators decided to avoid anything “sacred” to avoid offending non-Christian students and promote “diversity.”
“I’m trying to rationalize how you can encourage diversity and yet be exclusionary in one specific area,” Allen said, adding that it makes more sense to celebrate all students’ religions.
“They all can get a feel of each individual religion, ethnicity and nationality have to offer,” he said. “It’s a school, it’s a learning educational experience …. I wouldn’t object to my children singing a Hindu song during their celebratory period of time.”
School officials did not return messages for comment from WWBT.
The situation is only the latest battle in an ongoing war against Christmas from anti-religion groups, politically correct crusaders and activist educators that dates back decades.
At the start of the 2018 school year, teachers in Portland Public Schools received a teaching guide titled “Planning to Change The World – A Plan Book For Social Justice Teachers 2018-19” that completely omits or minimizes Christian and Jewish holidays while promoting Islam and communism.
In 2016, a Pennsylvania elementary school canceled its planned performance of “A Christmas Carol” – a tradition for more than four decades – over alleged concerns about Tiny Tim’s language. Two parents apparently complained because of poor Timmy’s line “God bless us, everyone,” EAGnews reports.
That same Christmas officials at Texas’ Patterson Middle School ordered nurse aide Dedra Shannon to modify her Christmas decorations on her office door to appease the politically correct crowd. Shannon wanted students to know the true meaning of Christmas, so she decorated her office door with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” theme, complete with a quote from Linus van Pelt reciting the Bible:
“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a savior which is Christ the Lord,” the quote read. “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Two days later, the school’s principal ordered her to remove the poster because the school’s environment of acceptance and tolerance doesn’t tolerate any religious references, EAGnews reports.
“She said, ‘please don’t hate me, but unfortunately you’re going to have to take your poster down,’” Shannon told Fox News at the time. “She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or who do not have a religion.”
After district officials and school board backed the principal, the religious liberty group Texas Values and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued on behalf of Shannon in court. Bell County Judge Jack Jones eventually ruled in their favor, and issued a restraining order against the Killeen Independent School District that prohibited officials from removing the poster.