Georgia School Un-Decks Its Halls of Christmas Cards

December 3, 2013 - 3:22 PM

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is getting ready for the holiday season.  Yet, it's also a time when political correctness also comes out of the bushes.  Just uttering the words "Merry appears that a school in Georgia has decided to go a step further and confiscate Christmas" can land you in the doghouse in some places.  Well, it confiscated Christmas cards because some had (gasp) nativity scenes featured on them.

Todd Starnes at Fox News reported that the Brooklet Elementary School in Georgia had a history of decorating their halls with Christmas cards - but, that tradition ended when students returned from their Thanksgiving break to find that school administrators had confiscated the cards.

Starnes reported, "Robb Kicklighter's wife is a third grade teacher at the school. He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school's decision to confiscate the Christmas cards."

"It's really sad because the students looked forward to seeing those homemade Christmas cards every year," Kicklighter said. "It's stirred a lot conversation. This has been a tradition and the kids are wondering what happened to the cards. The Christmas card censorship comes as the Bulloch County Board of Education cracks down on religious expression in their schools. Teachers have been ordered to remove any religious icons or items from their classrooms - ranging from Bibles to Christian music."

Currently, there's a Facebook page that serves as an outlet for residents to voice their opinions.  School administrators reportedly have said there are "established legal requirements to which we must adhere."

And, Christmas card confiscation isn't the only suppression of religious expression involving the Bulloch County Board of Education that has parents up in arms. Coach-led prayers are being targeted, too, WTOC reports:

"A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state recently filed a complaint to the school district on behalf of a parent displeased by a coach-led prayer with a high school football team.

"The complaint led Superintendent Charles Wilson to remind teachers and staff of an existing policy prohibiting religious expressions in the school environment. It includes religious displays, scriptural tag lines on their school email accounts, among other things."

The Bulloch County Board has even gone so far as to publish a list of 17 "case law talking points" about limiting religious freedom in schools.