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.
"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.' "
"I have two words to say about Ms. Hyatt's proposal: blatantly unconstitutional," said Rob Boston, senior policy analyst for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has a local chapter in Sacramento.
These misguided idiots! Public schools are not religious schools. They are not there to promote one religion over another. They are there to teach our kids. It's time for responsible and sensible parents to stand up and say don't try to force stuff like this and Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is nothing than an attempt to have religion taught under the guise of pseudo-science.
If these people really want to help kids who come from backgrounds in which violence, drugs, and alcoholism abounds, they need to go into those neighborhoods and be mentors to them.
There were two holidays Erin Ryan did not mention that occur during this time of year: the Islamic New Year and Chanukah. This is why so many businesses use the term Season's Greetings.
People really need to wake up and learn what the Tea Party really stand for. It is not a grass-roots organization that wants to uphold the Constitution. It is one that wants it distorted to meet their religious goals. It is an affront to our founding fathers who fought and struggled to make sure that those in the minority would not have their rights trampled upon.