Christmas may be over but war against it limps along in CA public schools

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A legal group is demanding action from school officials who censored students from sharing their faith and passing out items with a religious message. 

Legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom is defending two California students who were censored by school officials when they shared their Christian faith.

The families of Isaiah Martinez and Brynn Williams asked for legal assistance after teachers prevented them from sharing the true meaning of Christmas.

OneNewsNow has reported that Martinez, a first grader in West Covina, wanted to pass out candy canes during Christmas with a religous message about the history of the candy cane.


A teacher took the candy and reportedly told the child, "Jesus is not allowed in school." 

Williams, a Temecular Valley first grader, brought a Star of Bethlehem from her family's Christmas tree as a show-and-tell assignment, OneNewsNow reported

The little girl was told by the teacher to sit down before she could share her story. 

The legal group has scheduled meetings with each school district and is demanding that the students be allowed to pass out items with the Christmas story and to finish a presentation about Jesus without interruption.

"The pendulum has swung so far in the wrong direction that often school officials, teachers feel entitled to be able to express hostility toward Christian students in the faith," says Robert Tyler, general counsel at Advocates.

The Constitution does not permit that, says Tyler, and instead requires a "neutrality toward all religions."

Advocates is also demanding that each school district adopt a model policy that will protect the religious liberties of all students. The model policy would then be utilized nationwide.

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