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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