Christmas Returns to New York School District

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Several weeks after school officials in East Syracuse, N.Y. banned Christmas symbols and activities from the classroom, the Liberty Counsel has announced Christmas has returned to the Minoa school district.

On December 3, parents received a letter from the district banning all things Christmas from school programs.

"Programs that involve singular traditions may take place but such celebrations must be voluntary, occur outside of regular hours, and not be sponsored by the school district," the letter read.

However, the Liberty Counsel reports the district has decided to include both Christian and Jewish songs into their 'holiday' musical.

The move comes as the Liberty Counsel partnered with Christian Educators Association International on the Counsel's seventh annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign. The event is designed ensure religious viewpoints regarding Christmas are not censored.

Matt Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, expressed pleasure over the school district's decision.

"It is not only constitutional but also reasonable to acknowledge Christmas in the public schools," Staver said.

"Now in its seventh year, Liberty Counsel's Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign has been phenomenally successful," he added. "We are winning the war against Christmas, but the war is far from over. Each Christmas season stands on its own. While the war will no doubt continue, I think we have made good progress."

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