Assaults on Religious Freedom

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Assaults on Religious Freedom

Tis the season for all sorts of madness, including the usual assaults on religious freedom. Here are some of them and the list is by no means exhaustive.

A Frederick county, Maryland school employee was told by an administrator that employees would not be allowed to hand out Christmas cards in the school because cards with a Christmas message “may not be a legally protected right on a public school campus.” Maybe if they handed out a condom with them, that would be ok.

A fourth-grader in Ephrata, Pennsylvania was prohibited from handing out religious Christmas cards to classmates. Don’t they know Ephrata is named after a town in the Bible?

A teacher in Plymouth, Illinois was warned not to read a book about Christmas to her second-grade students. The book was in the school’s library.

But New York city public schools accomodated Muslim students prayer needs during Ramadan. What’s wrong with this picture? And how many of these kids ought to be home or Christian schooled? All of them! I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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