Freeholders support traditional and religious holiday celebrations and displays in schools

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

At the December 10, 2013 meeting of The Board of Chosen Freeholders, a resolution was passed regarding Assembly Bill 4481 which provides school districts with the option of educating students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allows students, faculty and other staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations. Some examples of the traditional greetings would be Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays.Freehold_City-20131208-00140

Furthermore, Assembly Bill 4481 also provides the option to allow a school district to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations, including a Menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or a Christmas tree; however the scene must display a scene or symbol of more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.

In addition to holiday displays, the legislation provides that a school district may include musical selections with religious themes at winter or holiday programs if the winter or holiday program includes musical selections of more than one religion or one religion and music secular in nature.

Freehold_City-20131208-00142I felt that this piece of legislation was something that was very important to bring back into our schools because it encourages the support of understanding the importance of individuals and families keeping with tradition. Not only was I a strong supporter of this piece of legislation but I received the full support of The Board in particular my fellow board member, Freeholder John Curley.

Assembly Bill 4481 which allows school districts to teach about traditional winter celebrations, display holiday symbols on school property, and include musical selections with religious themes is legislation that I will continue to support in hopes of seeing those old family values and traditions restored to what they once were.

            With the Holidays come family gatherings, office parties, socializing with friends and Year End football game get-togethers. These are occasions each and everyone of us looks forward to all year.

            The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes the residents of Monmouth County a very safe and happy holiday season.


Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, NJ State Legislature, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Freeholders support traditional and religious holiday celebrations and displays in schools”

  1. Edith T. Nowels said at 5:41 pm on December 16th, 2013:

    THANK YOU … THANK YOU … THANK YOU… for taking a stand!!!!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

  2. The Digger said at 6:04 pm on December 16th, 2013:

    “The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes the residents of Monmouth County a very safe and happy holiday season.”

    Whatever happened to “Merry Christmas”?

    Article is great until the last paragraph.

    Let us not forget this is not the winter solstice we are celebrating; it is the birth of a Jewish male child, known as Jesus, the Christ (also known as Isa in the Islamic tradition).

    May The Peace of Christ be with all this season and throughout the year.

  3. Proud Republican said at 9:23 pm on December 17th, 2013:

    I wish we could go back in time, maybe fifty years ago and have someone from then read this article. They would think it was a joke. Imagine having to put in a resolution that people are “allowed” to say Merry Christmas. We have lost our freaking minds going along with this PC bull. Just say Merry Christmas, display whatever religious symbols you want, sing Christmas carols anywhere, anytime, etc. And tell any aetheist who doesn’t like it to go, well you know, themselves. Enough of this crap.

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