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Dec 27, 2003 6:43 am


NATIVITY SCENES, KWANZAA, MENORAHS, AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOL MONOPOLY



Here is another reason to support the separation of school and state .

Principal Karen Davis of Horsham’s Dorothea Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland has ordered the removal of a nativity scene display but allowed other displays to remain in place including a Menorah and an item representing Kwanzaa . Her reasoning is strained. She claims that “Kwanzaa isn’t a religious holiday and the Menorah is as much of a cultural symbol as it is a religious symbol.”

Unfortunately, the existence of the public school monopoly, which forces parents and children with diverse perspectives into a “one best system,” guarantees that silly stories of this type will continue to plague us on an annual basis.


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