An atheist group sent a letter to Oklahoma elementary school requesting the removal of the live Nativity from its annual third-grade production. However, an NGO promoting religious freedom rights refuted the arguments and offered a free service to protect the school’s Christian tradition.
Chisholm Elementary School in the Edmond District received complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which requested that the Christmas event that students hold every year be removed from the program.
The atheist organization’s attorney, Christopher Line, wrote a letter directly to F. Andrew Fugitt of the Center for Education Law in October, denouncing the school on the grounds that a “constitutional violation” was being committed, “A live Nativity performance celebrating the story of Jesus’s birth is precisely the sort of religious endorsement prohibited by the Establishment Clause,” the text reads.
After the school withdrew its live Nativity, the Liberty Counsel sent a letter to Public School Superintendent Bret Towne stating that the live Nativity is not an act that violates the U.S. Constitution, and that the demands made by the FFRF are false.
Apparently the FFRF circulated this letter trying to frighten school authorities. Liberty Counsel offered a pro bono defense to the Edmond District school if it decides to resume the live Nativity program.
Liberty Counsel founder and President Mat Staver said, “The so-called Freedom From Religion atheist group continually bullies and threatens people every Christmas, and that includes even children. This organization mocks Christianity and does not seem to know what the Constitution means. I hope this school district will not cave to their threats and continues to allow these children to celebrate Christ’s birth in their school production.”
Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family since 1989. It also provides free assistance on these and related topics.