BATON ROUGE, La. – The Left’s “Christmas police” will soon be out of a job in Louisiana’s public schools.
Last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a new law that explicitly allows Christmas trees, nativity scenes, menorahs and other holiday symbols to be displayed on public school property.
The legislation allows the symbols “to be displayed in public schools as long as items representing multiple religions or secular belief systems are represented. No part of the display could promote adherence to a particular religion,” NOLA.com reports.
“Educators would also be authorized to teach children about the ‘traditional celebrations in winter’ and offer greetings such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Kwanzaa.’”
The law – which did not receive a single ‘no’ vote in the Legislature – is based on Texas’ 2013 “Merry Christmas” law which has been upheld in court, NOLA.com adds.
The Associated Press reports the Louisiana law is a “clarification, to mirror a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows the school displays.”
The secularists and atheists who have been trying to eradicate any favorable mention of religion from America’s classrooms will obviously be unhappy with the development.
But that’s just too bad.
We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.