While the opposers of "the most wonderful time of the year" have lost territory in the "War on Christmas" thanks to President Trump's cheerful wish-giving, the holdouts will not go down without taking as many casualties with them as possible. In Virginia, a middle-school has upped the fight by banning any and all Christmas carols that refer to Jesus Christ. Their reasoning: diversity.
In an email exchange provided to NBC 12 by David Allen, a father whose child attends Robious Middle School in Virginia, the school's chorus teacher said some students were uncomfortable with singing songs about Jesus.
"We had a few students who weren't comfortable singing a piece I have done many times in the past, but it is of a sacred nature and does mention Jesus," the email said.
The school administration approved the decision, according to the email. NBC 12 says they were simply trying to "be more sensitive to the increasingly diverse population at the school."
David Allen told reporters he cannot fully fathom how the school can preach diversity and exclusion at the same time.
"It just seems like ... everywhere you look everyone's afraid of stepping on someone's toes or everything is being so sensitive," said Allen, whose child participates in the choir. "I'm trying to rationalize how you can encourage diversity and yet be exclusionary in one specific area."
Allen said that Christians deserve representation as much as the others if diversity is truly the goal. "All can get a feel of [what] each individual religion, ethnicity and nationality have to offer," he said. "It's a school, it's a learning educational experience. I wouldn’t object to my children singing Hindu songs during their celebratory period of time."
The religious freedom nonprofit First Liberty Institute has now gotten involved in the case. In a letter to Chesterfield County School District, attorney Michael Berry said that the law does not require public schools to censor "sacred" content from holiday events.
"Federal courts have upheld the constitutionality of public school holiday programs that include the use of religious music, art, or drama, so long as the material is presented in an objective manner ‘as a traditional part of the cultural and religious heritage of the particular holiday,’" the letter said.
A circulating petition from the socially-conservative group TFP Student Action has called on the school principal, Dr. Derek Wasnock, to reverse the policy. It has garnered more than 17,000 signatures.
"As a person who cherishes true freedom, I respectfully urge you to reinstate Christmas carols that mention the name of Jesus in your school," the petition asks. "To remove Christ from Christmas guts the meaning of Christmas altogether."
The middle school's decision to remove all sacred Christmas carols is just one of many politically correct decisions schools have made in recent years to kick Christ out of Christmas. In 2016, a Texas school banned a Charlie Brown Christmas display because it used the word "Christ" in it.