Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign 2018

Nov 7, 2018

Liberty Counsel has launched its sixteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign. The campaign is designed to educate, and, if necessary, to litigate to make sure that religious viewpoints are not censored from Christmas and holiday themes.

Liberty Counsel has been actively monitoring cases across the country where there is intimidation by officials and groups to remove the celebration of Christmas in public and private sectors. These threats include atheist groups seeking to ban Nativity scenes from public property, senior living centers that prohibit residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools that ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censor religious words from Christmas carols, and retailers which profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist. Liberty Counsel has successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas actions in all of these situations.

Recently, students at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia, were told that a song had to be removed from the Christmas program because it contained the name of Jesus. In response to a concerned parent, a teacher said, “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.”

Liberty Counsel sent a letter to the superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, urging school administrators to overrule the directive and offering legal assistance, if needed, when the censored Christmas song is restored to the music program.

Public school music teachers have the freedom to include religious Christmas songs in their Christmas music programs. Public schools are in full compliance with the law, so long as there is a mixture of religious and secular songs. Liberty Counsel provides a memorandum to offer guidance to public officials and schools regarding the public celebration of religious holidays.

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