Civil Rights Group Releases "Twelve Rules of Christmas" Guidelines

December 4, 2004

Source: CNS News

On December 4, 2004 CNS News reported, "a civil liberties organization has published a step-by-step guide to understanding what can and cannot be done to celebrate the holidays in public. The Rutherford Institute's 'The Twelve Rules of Christmas' was compiled because of a growing tendency among public schools and government officials to ban references to Christmas or Christianity during the holiday season. 'Whether through ignorance or fear, Americans are painfully misguided about the recognition of religious holidays,' said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. 'Every year we hear many complaints from parents about school officials banning any reference to the word 'Christmas.' There is an irrational bias against anything remotely religious unless its sanitized and secularized, and unfortunately far too many parents, students and teachers erroneously believe they cannot do anything to celebrate Christmas in the public schools,' said Whitehead."