From St. Lucie News Tribune
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Opinion Page-A10
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Christmas
A bill of rights for the season
The Christmas Bill of Rights:
Employees have the right to say “Merry Christmas” within the workplace.

Employees have the right to display religious symbols and decorations to celebrate Christmas at their workplace.

A private citizen has the right to sponsor and maintain a Nativity scene or Christmas symbol on public property when the government permits the display of private, secular symbols.

A local, state or federal government has the right to display a Nativity scene or Christmas symbol on public property

Public school teachers have the right to decorate a classroom or feature a display with both religious and secular symbols of Christmas.

Public school students and teachers have the right to distribute religious Christmas cards and greet one another saying, “Merry Christmas.”

Public school students and teachers have the right to wear clothing with religious symbols or words or religious jewelry if the school permits clothing or jewelry with secular words or insights.

Public school students have the right to sing religious Christmas carols.

Public school boards and administrators have the right to declare vacation days in December a Christmas holiday.

Everyone has the right to refuse to shop at any store that will not honor the birth of Christ and to patronize those that do.

In Christ-like love,

Robert Lewis McClain

Fort Pierce

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Vacuous in most places, incorrect in others. Typical. :(
Separation of Church and State anyone?
Jesus please save me from your flock. :)
Assuming this is in the United States:

- Employees have the right to say “Merry Christmas” / display religious symbols and decorations to celebrate Christmas at their workplace.

Yes, they do. And their employer has the legal right to allow it or fire you for it.

- A private citizen has the right to sponsor and maintain a Nativity scene or Christmas symbol on public property when the government permits the display of private, secular symbols. / A local, state or federal government has the right to display a Nativity scene or Christmas symbol on public property.

Wrong. Read the fucking First Amendment. And how does the legal right to display a secular symbol translate as the right to display a religious one?

Public school teachers have the right to decorate a classroom or feature a display with both religious and secular symbols of Christmas.

If it's the classroom where they teach "World Religions" or the symbols are otherwise there for educational value, then yes. Otherwise, no. Read the fucking First Amendment.

Public school students and teachers have the right to distribute religious Christmas cards and greet one another saying, “Merry Christmas.” / wear clothing with religious symbols or words or religious jewelry if the school permits clothing or jewelry with secular words or insights.

Students, yes. Teachers, yes on jewelry, head scarves, etc. Yes on cards and saying "Merry Christmas" so long as they are separate from their roles as teachers. No on the "Worship-me-or-die!" T-shirt. If this is confusing, might I suggest reading the fucking First Amendment? And again, what does the legality of secular symbols/words have to do with the legality of religious symbols/words?

Public school students have the right to sing religious Christmas carols.

Yes, so long as it isn't sponsored by the school.

Public school boards and administrators have the right to declare vacation days in December a Christmas holiday.

Would it help if I put the fucking First Amendment in bold type like this for you?

Everyone has the right to refuse to shop at any store that will not honor the birth of Christ and to patronize those that do.

Yes, they do. Who said they don't?

And if this is how your Christ shows 'love,' you don't get to whine and bitch when I boycott your business for being nauseatingly Christian.

Or when my niece wears a giant pentagram to school - either as teacher or student.

Or when I say "Happy Ramadan" to you. Or "Io Saturnalia." Or "Happy Holidays." Or "Christmas?!? Sorry, but I take offense to Middle-Eastern religions that promote hate, rape, genocide and xenophobia."

And you really don't get to whine and bitch when I demand my government follow its own fucking First Amendment.

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