As a parent, I like many other parents am worried for my kids. Yes we are all worried about their safety when they are out with their friends or simply coming home from school. Worried about bullying and so on but what about worried that their freedoms as citizens of the USA are being taken away little by little. By the time they are adults will they have any freedoms?
Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. Though we have freedoms we hear about stories how we need to be more politically correct, how we might offend someone and might get reprimanded or at a bare minimum get dirty looks for saying the wrong thing to the wrong person as innocent as the comment might be.
For the record, the below item I cited is a hoax, that being said should a simple gesture of wishing someone a Merry Christmas be taken as an insult to a person who may not have the same beliefs as you or in the spirit in which it is given – as a sign of wishing good cheer upon the person to whom you are greeting.
The story of Timmy Watson may be a hoax, but there I have heard plenty other stories similar to the one below that were in fact TRUE!
Do you feel it’s rude to wish a non believer a “Merry Christmas?” Sound off below.
Timothy Dawson, a 9-year-old student at Argon Elementary School in San Francisco, CA., was in the school cafeteria eating with friends when he was taken to the principal’s office and given a week-long suspension. His punishment was consequence for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to his homeroom teacher earlier that morning.
Dawson’s teacher, 35-year-old Paul Horner who is an outspoken Atheist, was offended at the students display of Christmas spirit and had staff suspend the young boy for the rest of the week.
“I say ‘Merry Christmas’ to everyone,” the boy told CNN. “I didn’t think it would cause so much trouble just for saying a couple little words.”
The boy’s mother, Laura Dawson, 41, was fuming over the issue.
“You don’t traumatize a child who loves to go to school, who wanted to be early every day to school, you don’t make him cry, just for wishing someone Merry Christmas,” said Dawson’s mom, holding back tears. “You just don’t do it.”
Reporters spoke with Mr. Horner as he was leaving from school on Tuesday. “I warned the children not to bring religion into my classroom,” Horner said. “Maybe he’ll [Timothy] listen to adults next time.”
Argon Elementary School officials declined to comment.