FFRF intervenes in Michigan school Christmas break dispute

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, has written public school officials in Petoskey, Mich., to object to unconstitutional wording on the school calendar.

On Aug. 18 during a closed session, the school board voted unanimously to change the wording of the school calendar from "Winter holiday break" to "Christmas break." That was eight days after the board treasurer, Jack Waldvogel, sent an inflammatory e-mail to district staff and board members. Either make the change voluntarily, Waldvogel said, "or I will make a motion to change it at the NEXT Board meeting, and raise such a stink, and bring out every redneck Christian Conservative north of Clare, to compel the District to do so." The e-mail also said: "Our children need to know we are a Christian nation and taking all reference to a higher being out of our educational vocabulary is wrong."

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Comment by Trina Hoaks on September 1, 2009 at 9:13am
I actually found it. I wrote a little article about it. Thanks so much!
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 31, 2009 at 4:41pm
I tried it four time and got a 404 error each time. I will just tinker around the Web site to see if I can find it. :)
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 31, 2009 at 3:58pm
That is excellent news! Thanks for sharing it! The link doesn't work, though. :( I want to write about this.
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 28, 2009 at 11:07am
Both are excellent. If your letter gets published, let me know. Thanks for taking this matter seriously and for following up.
Comment by AcesLucky on August 27, 2009 at 9:52am
I agree, excellent e-mail. I'm from Michigan but the school board where I'm from is so bankrupt every issue is a waste of time. It's sad. In fact they've already closed down my High School and several others. Survival there's a B.
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 9:13am
Excellent e-mail. :)
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 6:54am
Wow, that's a long time to be trying to sell a house. Hope you get it sold soon.
Comment by robin on August 27, 2009 at 6:44am
I used to live near Petoskey (and still own a house near the area that I've been trying to sell for 6.5 years) and the area is VERY right wing. That doesn't excuse this type of action though.

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