Tom Minnery despises the US Constitution – By Godless Teen
Tom Minnery is the Senior Vice President of the “Government and Public Policy” section of Focus on the Family. ‘Nuff said. … Ok, so maybe it’s not that simple. If you don’t live in Colorado or the USA you may never have heard of FoF (lucky you).. They are an evangelical Christian group that preaches “family values”, or, in other words, bigotry. Mr. Daly sent out a Christmas letter recently, rallying Christians against all ‘em narsty athetists out ‘dere. He also sent out a letter informing his followers that he hates the US constitution. Here’s the letter (bold is my commentary):
Dear Friend [Yes, bestfraaannnnd?],
It’s December and for some students, parents and teachers that means a time of questions about how Christmas can be recognized in public schools. [How about not at all?] Sadly, each year we see examples of anti-Christmas forces threatening lawsuits and employing other forms of intimidation to erase Christmas from the classroom. [Ah yes, the alleged war on Christmas. All those darn atheists are clearly using the source of all evil to try and demote Christmas:
Satan One DirectionTHE FIRST AMENDMENT!!!] These tactics often bring Christmas music programs and Christmas gift exchanges into question, leaving students and parents uncertain about whether they can celebrate the “reason for the season” in public school. [Like the Charlie Brown case recently? Have you even read the 1st Amendment? I don't care if you go to private schools and try to get them to endorse your religion. But public schools? Sorry, FoF, but the schools don't just belong to you and other evangelicals; the also belong to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and a whole other bunch of people who pay for them with our tax money. We expect to be taught, like, ya know, real stuff in exchange for that money; the 1st Amendment protects that right for us. So don't try to incorporate religion with the classroom, please. It'll just result in a waste of time and money.]
There are many activities public schools can engage in to acknowledge Christmas. [Wut] Generally speaking, schools can recognize Christmas, educators can utilize religious components [WTF? Since when can schools "utilize religious components? That's nothing more than proselytization]—for educational purposes, [So let me get this straight: you expect to proselytize in the classroom, put it up as "education", and you expect us to believe you? Oh, and by the way Mr. Daly: prayer isn't education c:] and when mixed with secular ones [What's that supposed to mean? Virtually everything in school is secular. It's not like we pray to the gods in math class, or spend hours worshipping Allah in Civics class.]—and educators can make factual statements about the holiday’s Christian roots. [There's a difference between "celebrating", as you mentioned beforehand, and "making factual statements". Oh, and by the way- what about Christmas's pagan roots? Don't want to mention them, do you?]
Students enjoy free speech rights year round, so here are some things students may do:
• Wish others “Merry Christmas” or generally use the word “Christmas.” • Incorporate Christmas and Christian themes into assignments and papers. • Exchange gifts or cards—even religiously themed ones—to other students in a way that doesn’t disrupt classroom time.
[I'm not going to object to this: students absolutely have the right to do this kind of thing in school, to the best of my knowledge. Of course, the part about "Christian themes" will probably land a few students an F for going off topic... But, psh, logic: who needs it, right?]
If your child is prevented from celebrating Christmas in a way you think is acceptable, [CAUTION: Don't use the word "think" around evangelical Bible literalists. Injury, mass destruction, genocide, war, and death are all possible effects.] remember that it may be a misunderstanding or the result of false information from groups opposing Christmas expression in public. [We don't oppose Christmas expression in public, we oppose the government endorsing religion in any way, shape, or form.] Talk first-hand with the teacher or administrator as an initial step to assess the school’s concerns. [YEAH, CUZ WE ALL WANT PRAYER IN OUR SCHOOLS!!!... Uh-huh.] Also, we suggest parents review resources like this one prepared by our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom outlining what is permissible by law. [Let's take a little excerpt from this link: "The Supreme Court has held that the display of a nativity scene is constitutional when displayed for legitimate secular purposes, such as to celebrate the holiday and to depict the origins of the holiday." The problem is, putting up a nativity scene to celebrate Christmas is absolutely not a secular prupose, and there are thousands of other holidays from thousands of other religions and cultures that we don't celebrate; what's with all the focus on Christmas? And also, what about the pagan origins of Christmas? Either way, I find it next to impossible to think of any perfectly secular reason to put up a nativity scene in a room, as FoF suggests, for secular purposes.]
Students of faith have a right to express their beliefs at Christmas and at all other times of the year. [I agree, but you put up us atheists as jerks who want to totally limit speech. I completely and utterly support students' rights to free speech, however.] They shouldn’t have to hide their faith or how their family celebrates Christmas just because they attend a public school. [They don't either way...] So, the words “Merry Christmas” and all it represents should be freely expressed in our classrooms. [Somehow, we jump from "students" to "classrooms in general", which is incorrect. Teachers *cannot* promote Christianity, nor any other religion in public school.]
So, to put this letter into only a few words:
“Atheists want to entirely remove Christmas. They want to ban religion. They don’t want our students to talk about religion. They don’t want our teachers to promote Christmas. Done.”
Well, one of those things is certainly true among atheists: we don’t want the government endorsing Christmas. However, I completely disagree with the other three points, as they are (in my case, at least) completely ridiculous.
Just gotta love Focus on the Family.