Americans United for Separation of Church and State speaks out against New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s unnecessary “War on Christmas” bill!
Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Burlington) introduced A 4481 last week. It permits holiday symbols (such as menorahs, Christmas trees or nativity scenes) on school property, says school districts can include religious-themed songs in holiday programs and says it’s permissible for districts to teach students about “traditional winter celebrations.”
Why do we need a new bill to cover things that already happen in New Jersey schools every holiday season? We don’t! AU explains why not. Click through the link below the quote to read AU’s full article about A4481!
What would the holiday season be without lawmakers like Dancer, who seem to have nothing better to do than waste taxpayer resources on totally unnecessary bills?
But the other problem here appears to be Dancer’s intent. He clearly didn’t like the near-removal of songs about Jesus from Bordentown’s holiday concert, and now he is using that “incident” as a justification for pushing faith into public schools. That isn’t the job of government.
Dancer also seems to have come up with a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Individual public school staffers aren’t prohibited from wishing kids “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” “Happy Hanukkah” or any other related greeting.
Additionally, it’s perfectly fine for public schools to put on holiday music programs that include religious songs, as long as it’s not limited to just one faith and secular tunes are also used.
So in short, this bill does absolutely nothing beyond fuel a “war on the holidays” that does not exist – except in the minds of the Religious Right.