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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Charles Eaton Haynes
Like many holidays, Halloween has religious underpinnings. And a Pennsylvania school principal told parents that those religious roots are one reason why the school won't be holding any parades with kids in costume this year.
Santa Monica officials snuffed the city's controversial life-sized nativity display this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations.
"Yes, Halloween as currently celebrated in elementary school classrooms is constitutional," he wrote. "But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right."
"In recent years, the tactic of many in the atheist community has been, if you can't beat them, join them," said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and director of the Newseum's Religious Freedom Education Project in Washington. "If these church groups insist that these public spaces are going to be dominated by a Christian message, we'll just get in the game — and that changes everything."