Representative Looks To "Save Christmas"

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Representative Rick Jones says he's saving Christmas.

"By becoming too politically correct, schools have lost the holiday season," he says.

Jones says he's heard this year of schools banning christmas trees, christmas music, even the colors green and red, for fear parents will sue them for being insensitive to other cultures; so he's introduced bi-partisan legislation to make sure that doesn't happen.

"We've designed legislation to say if it's a public holiday, you can celebrate it in school."

This isn't the first time the Christmas conundrum has come up this year.

The Ingham Intermediate School District re-evaluated their seasonal celebrations too.

"Some staff brought about the question of why just the Christmas tree? Is that representative of everyone who walks through these doors?" poses superintendent Stanley Kogut.

They decided this year that any time a Christmas display is up in a public spot, other cultures have to be represented as well.

"We're talking about Chanukah, we're talking about Kwanzaa," he says.

Kogut adds he doesn't think the district is being hypersensitive, and Jones agrees it is important to celebrate other holidays too. But he doesn't think people should turn out the lights on Christmas as a result.

"Celebrate everything," Jones says. "But don't destroy the culture and traditions along with it."

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  • by Charlene Location: Grand Ledge on Dec 15, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    Merry Christmas to All! Let our children enjoy their childhood. Don't ruin it by being too politically correct. It is our heritage and our culture.
  • by Joann Location: Jackson on Dec 15, 2007 at 01:04 AM
    Merry Christmas to all. Merry Christmas, merry Christmas, merry Christmas. If this offends you, may I suggest you find a new place to live!!!
  • by Patrick Location: Onondaga on Dec 14, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    This is stupid don't we have better things to worry about than doing away with Christmas in schools and shouldn't we worry about bulling and security in schools.
  • by Rachael Location: Pleasant LK. on Dec 14, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    In regards to the,"Save Christmas," story, I have to say I fully support Rick Jones. We as Americans strive to bring more and more diversity into our schools, yet we find our own beliefs of Christianity offensive. Did everyone forget this country was founded on the same beliefs and principles of that same religion? I am a highschool student of a mid-michigan school and I believe students and teachers alike should be able to celebrate holidays that celebrate our religions, whether it be Christianiy or anything else.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Dec 14, 2007 at 01:49 PM
    It would be nice to get rid of the commercialization of christmas in the schools. It may dampen the spirits of some, but it would be a sanctuary for those who get over whelmed by the seasons.
  • by Bob Location: Lansing on Dec 14, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    I agree, celebrate every holiday, don't just ban everything. Besides, many people celebrate Christmas and are not Christian. It is becoming more of a mainstream holiday rather than a Christian one.
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