A right to say ‘Christmas’ and ‘Jesus’

Pencils stating “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” were confiscated from goodie bags distributed by an elementary student at a school holiday party in Plano, Texas. Another student was told not to give out pencils saying “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so” at her classroom birthday party.  Students were prohibited from saying “Christmas” at school and could not write “Merry Christmas” on holiday cards sent to retirement homes, a parent charges.

Elementary students have free-speech rights, as long as they’re not disrupting class, ruled a federal appeals court.

The lawsuit will now proceed in district court, and the families will have to prove they suffered religious-viewpoint discrimination to ultimately win the suit.

Here’s more on the suit from School Law Blog.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    This happens every year.
    I have asked repeatedly if there’s a journal for professional administrators which would explain, repeatedly, how to avoid looking like a jerk, annoying parents, recruiting for parochial and private schools and home schooling, spending school money in court, and losing.
    Apparently not.
    The DOE and its master, the ACLU, both agree this sort of thing is perfectly okay, and have said so for a dozen years.
    What is wrong with these morons?

  2. You’ve linked to two different suits (in, apparently, the same district). The first was about distributing the goodie bags and sent it back to the trial court; the second suit upheld the district’s reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.