Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Teabaggers and the War on Christmas

As if the tea party movement needed to get any more ridiculous, a teabagger from Redding, California named Merry Hyatt wants to make the singing of Christmas carols mandatory in public schools. Seriously.

Merry Hyatt has found allies in her quest to put an initiative on the ballot next year requiring public schools to play Christmas carols.

Hyatt, who moved to Redding four months ago, said she joined the Redding Tea Party Patriots and recruited several members to help her collect the 433,971 signatures needed by March 29.

She’ll no doubt find fertile ground for planting such an idiotic idea. Wait till you see the brilliant arguments being made in favor of the idea:

“Bottom line is Christmas is about Christmas,” said Erin Ryan, president of the Redding Tea Party Patriots. “That’s why we have it. It’s not about winter solstice or Kwanzaa. It’s like, ‘wow you guys, it’s called Christmas for a reason.’ ”

Ryan said Hyatt’s initiative falls under the umbrella of causes the group supports, which concern limited government, following the constitution and fiscal responsibility.

Um. How, exactly, does having the government make singing Christmas carols mandatory in schools make the government more limited?

Hyatt, a substitute teacher who moved to Redding from Riverside, said her motivation for the initiative was to help restore children’s moral compasses by inviting Jesus to school Christmas parties.

“He’s the prince of peace; he’s the only one who can get these kids to stop being so violent,” she said in November.

Riiight. Which explains why the United States, which is far more Christian than any other Western industrialized nation — by a huge margin — is also by far the most violent of those nations. But thank you for ducking in to the punch of the Lemon test’s purpose prong.

Hyatt said she believes it is Americans’ First Amendment right to worship.

“It’s our right to have freedom to worship,” she said. “That’s why we came to this country. They came to be Christians and they’re trying to take that away. They’re out of line; we’re not.”

Of course the first amendment protects your right to worship. But that has precisely nothing to do with what’s taught in school. There’s a word for those who can’t understand the distinction: Idiots.

It’s not the government’s job to provide you a place to worship. It’s certainly not the government’s job to force non-Christians to take part in your worship activities – that’s forbidden by that same first amendment you seem to like so much when it suits your purposes.


  1. #1 Modusoperandi
    December 11, 2009

    I’m no expert, so my opinion is worth about as much as this empty space on my desk that, up until a minute ago, was occupied by a valuable and delicious donut, but a cursory googling shows the general consensus to be that Tacitus was a good historian. Wikipedia has Tacitus on Christ and further googling of “that” passage comes up infidel.org’s Historicity of Jesus FAQ (scroll down to “Tacitus and Jesus”).

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