New Law Allows Louisiana Public Schools to Display Christmas Trees and Other Holiday Symbols
The Left’s “Christmas police” will soon be out of a job in Louisiana’s public schools.
Last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a new law that explicitly allows Christmas trees, nativity scenes, menorahs and other holiday symbols to be displayed on public school property.
The legislation allows the symbols “to be displayed in public schools as long as items representing multiple religions or secular belief systems are represented. No part of the display could promote adherence to a particular religion,” NOLA.com reports.
“Educators would also be authorized to teach children about the ‘traditional celebrations in winter’ and offer greetings such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Kwanzaa.’”
The law – which did not receive a single ‘no’ vote in the Legislature – is based on Texas’ 2013 “Merry Christmas” law which has been upheld in court, NOLA.com adds.
The Associated Press reports the Louisiana law is a “clarification, to mirror a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows the school displays.”
The secularists and atheists who have been trying to eradicate any favorable mention of religion from America’s classrooms will obviously be unhappy with the development.
But that’s just too bad.
Most clear-thinking individuals understand the mission of public education is to prepare the next generation of Americans for the nation which they are inheriting. And since the U.S. has been – and continues to be – a deeply religious nation, it makes perfect sense that students learn about those traditions.
Teachers shouldn’t force students into espousing particular religious beliefs, but simply telling them what those beliefs are and why they’re important to many of their fellow citizens is just part of a well-rounded education.
The Louisiana law takes effect on Aug.1.