October 30, 2007

Liberty Counsel Launches Fifth Annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign

Thousands of Churches, Organizations and Individuals Unite to "Help Save Christmas"™


Orlando, FL – Liberty Counsel, a nationwide, public interest civil liberties law firm, launched its fifth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign in anticipation of another active season defending attacks on Christmas celebrations. Liberty Counsel makes a pledge to be the "Friend" to those entities which do not censor Christmas and a "Foe" to those that do. ABC's Good Morning America observed that Liberty Counsel’s Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign in past years had ignited a "movement."

Last year Liberty Counsel successfully handled scores of cases in defense of Christmas. Some of the cases included situations where senior living centers banned elderly residents from singing Christmas carols, where a Massachusetts school banned students from wearing red and green because they are Christmas colors, where a New York school changed the words "Silent Night" to "Candle Light", and where Christmas trees were renamed to holiday trees.

As part of the annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, Liberty Counsel publishes a "Naughty and Nice" list which catalogs retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. The list is compiled from information gathered by individual consumers and is updated whenever new information is received. Last year the "naughtiest stores" on the list were Best Buy and Eddie Bauer, which refused to recognize Christmas in order not to be "disrespectful" or "offensive."

On its web site, www.LC.org, Liberty Counsel offers a Help Save Christmas™ action pack, which includes educational legal memoranda to educate government officials, teachers, parents, students, private businesses, employees and others that it is legal to celebrate Christmas. The action pack also includes an "I ♥ CHRISTmas™" button, an "I Helped Save Christmas" bumper sticker and button, and sample ads for use in local newspapers to promote Christmas. The ads point out that celebrating Christmas is still legal in schools, on public property and in private businesses and offer Liberty Counsel’s free assistance to those facing persecution for celebrating Christmas. Last year many churches placed these ads in local newspapers. Again this year, thousands of public school teachers and administrators, who are members of Christian Educators Association International, have joined the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.

Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, remarked about the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign: "Renaming a Christmas tree to a holiday tree, stopping students from wearing red and green, and censoring religious Christmas carols are absurd, but true, examples of the war against Christmas. Over the past few years the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign has successfully put the 'grinches' on the run. This year millions of Americans will join us to help save Christmas. If a government entity censors Christmas in violation of the Constitution, then we will first seek to educate but, if necessary, we will litigate. If retailers choose to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist, then we will patronize their competitors."


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