Santa Kicked Out of School

Ever wonder what Christmas looks like in a liberal state like Oregon? Here’s one indication.

A recent memo sent to staff at Hillsboro School District in Oregon cautioned against making students and parents uncomfortable during the holiday season.  The memo, shared with local news station KATU read, in part:

“You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.”

Did we read that right?  No Santa Claus?

“I’m from that generation where we believe in Santa, and my kids believe in Santa, and they should be able to celebrate it,” said one parent.

“If you’re going to put a giant cross on the window that’s one thing, but I think Santa Claus is more folklore and American history than a religious symbol at this point,” said Jason Ramirez.

When contacted by KATU, school districts around Portland said they have similar guidelines regarding holiday decorations to those at Hillsboro.

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