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I’m all for freedom of religion, but a recent Oregon school ruling questions us to reconsider, “When is enough enough?”

The problem arose during what is known as the December Dilemma for public schools–What symbols or expressions are okay and which are not? Because of complaints about the religious nature of a school Christmas tree (Not a cross or nativity, just a tree!), the new guidelines (Reported today on FOX News) mention that displays in public areas should:

“represent the diversity of the season, and should avoid symbols with patently religious meanings,” including the manger scene, menorahs, angels or the Star of David. If a tree is displayed, it should be surrounded with “symbols from various religious backgrounds, along with secular symbols.”

So now a Christmas tree is only a Christmas tree is it has nothing explicitly religious but includes symbols from a variety of religious traditions? How is that possible? Any religious symbol from another religion is offensive to some other religions. This is precisely why some places have chosen to forgo any religious holiday expressions, a route I don’t prefer, either.

Interestingly, Christmas is not really about a tree anyway (unless you include the cross of Christ). Christmas is about the baby in the manger. For Christians, this baby represents the coming, the advent, of our Lord.

Does anyone know the true meaning of Christmas? Watch my favorite Christmas movie clip below and remember (or discover) for yourself. Merry Christmas!

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DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More (October 2011). Discover more at DillonBurroughs.org.

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