China Cracks Down on Christmas

Be thankful that we live in a nation where we are free to celebrate our faith. It is still unusual in much of the world.

China is cracking down on Christmas. Several cities, schools, and government institutions have ordered citizens not to celebrate the holiday and to instead focus on promoting traditional Chinese culture.

In the northern city of Langfang in Hebei province, city officials ordered all Christmas decorations to be cleared and forbade shops from selling Christmas-themed goods. Officials said the measure was aimed at “maintaining stability” and controlling street hawkers.

In Changsha, in central Hunan province, the education bureau last week issued a directive to schools not to celebrate “western festivals” such as Christmas, including putting up decorations, posting related messages or exchanging gifts. At least four Chinese cities and one county have issued a ban on Christmas decorations, according to Associated Press.

A teacher in Huangshan in Anhui province issued a reminder on Weibo on Christmas Eve to follow a recent notice from the propaganda department not to attend Christmas parties, post related messages on the popular messaging apps WeChat or QQ, or give teachers “peace apples”, a tradition in China. The term for Christmas Eve, pinganye, or peaceful night, is similar to that of the world “apple”.

And it’s a healthy reminder that we must protect our religious liberties.

The principal of Manchester Elementary School – located near Omaha, Nebraska – sent her staff a memo on holiday symbols that does not reflect the Elkhorn Public Schools District’s policies, according to a district statement sent to USA TODAY Friday.

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The lists said winter-themed symbols such as sledding, gingerbread people and snowmen were allowed. But symbols associated with Christmas were not, as to avoid promoting a religious holiday.

The memo at times includes explanations for why certain items were disallowed:

  • Elf on the Shelf  – that’s Christmas-related
  • Candy Cane – that’s Christmas-related. Historically, the shape is a “J” for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes
  • Red/Green items – traditional Christmas colors
  • Reindeer

The memo is signed “the (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester).”

It explains the policies: “I come from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools … over the years in my educational career, this has evolved into the expectation for all educators.”

12 Responses to China Cracks Down on Christmas

  1. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    And godless liberals in USA cheer their socialist brethren in China….

    Awful. Just Awful.

  2. Jason says:

    Sounds like they’re adopting the Foust ideology at a national scale.

  3. dad29 says:

    In the end, it is impossible to both 1) legislate or adjudicate contrary to natural law; and 2) maintain “religious freedom.”

    So it’s only a matter of time before something has to give.  Since it’s impossible to fight nature for long, this is not good for the Left, which accounts for their louder and longer screeching, banging, and hair-on-fire demonstrations.

  4. Le Roi du Nord says:

    d:

    I’ve asked you before and you have declined to answer:  What is natural law?

  5. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Glad to see you back after your re-hab.  Too bad it didn’t work.  Keep up the threats and you’ll be right back in the padded cell.

    FYI: You are still 0 for 2018.  No sense ruining your streak, eh?

  6. dad29 says:

    You could look it up, Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy.  Try “Wikipedia” on the intertubes.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Leroy just backs up why public schools are a huge problem.

    Wondering if he tossed all his Candy Canes and “red” and “green” items over the Christmas to comply with the PC dipsticks in the public schools system from Omaha…

  8. jjf says:

    Nothing to see here, Le Roi.  Just authoritarians desiring to work their religion into law.   See, it’s just “religious freedom” and “natural law” when you force other people to pay for the promotion of your religion!

  9. Jason says:

    Take your tin foil hat off jjf.  The brain wave scanners are busy looking for Russian voters.

  10. Le Roi du Nord says:

    jjf:

    So true.  Pretty soon they will claim that gravity (a real natural law) has a religious origin.

  11. jjf says:

    Be brave, Paul.  Tell us something you did that made the papers and that you’re proud of…

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