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Schools to axe religious holidays?

Nov 24, 2014

East Valley Tribune

Sorry Leon Ceniceros the American government was NEVER a Judeo-Christian government.

While many of the American colonies WERE Judeo-Christian theocracies and continued to be Judeo-Christian states after the American nation was formed, the American government was NEVER a Judeo-Christian government.

The Founders didn't want the American government to force any religious ideas on the American states that created it and that's why the wrote the First Amendment.

Many of the American states continued to be Christian theocracies until the 14th Amendment was passed, which meant that the state governments also had to obey the 1st Amendment and cease mixing religion and government.

Even if I am an atheist, I certainly don't have anything against religious people, but religion belongs in the private sector, not in government.


Letter: Schools to axe religious holidays?

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 pm

Letter to the Editor

Well, can you blame them if they don’t want to be sued by Baha’is, Buddhists, Hindus, pagans, Shintoists, Sikhs and Jains, etc., for not allowing their public-school students to observe their religious holidays? “Diversity” has become the progressive/liberal/socialist/Democrat mantra. Our liberal local and federal judges, appellate courts, and four Supreme Court justices no longer consider America as a Judeo-Christian nation, even though America’s Founding Fathers and successive administrations until the 1960s thought so.

So from now on, don’t expect your kindergarten, grammar school, middle school and high school to have Christmas pageants or Easter pageants. Charter schools and religious schools will be the only education venues offering these old-fashioned, American religious celebrations. Individual rights are now the “law of the land”.

The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland saw the handwriting on the wall. If they “dared” to mention Christmas or Easter as the reason for school holidays, then they would have to offer all students school holidays for spring equinox, the autumn equinox, the winter solstice and other pagan religious holidays if just one pagan student was enrolled in the school district. Accordingly if “one” Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Shintoist, Sikh or Jain student demanded equal recognition and an all-student holiday designation, then the school year would be about two weeks long. Welcome to the new “minority-controlled” American democracy.

Leon Ceniceros

Mesa