posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 09:43 PM
Christmas tree religious?? Idiocracy. OTOH A Charlie Brown Christmas performance done by a church, with a seemingly nice gesture to invite children,
is also to me an underhanded way to proselytize, as the story line is about not just the commercialization, crass consumerization of Christmas but
also the "true meaning" of the holiday.
Interesting that, as much as most would blame atheists for the decline/secularization of school interest in American traditional cultural holidays, in
my town it was Christian churches in the 1980s that took up the crusade to rid schools of paganism, witchcraft, satanism, and, for some, patriotic
rituals. Out went Halloween, Easter eggs, Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, and because some church families didn't celebrate or weren't traditionally
festive, even at Christmas, schools gave up trying to celebrate holidays.
Instead, seasons were stressed, but not too much, as that could be misconstrued as putting nature over God. Schools traditionally had been a
transmitter of culture; what's left after taking out the culture? Testing.